Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in September 2022
September 9, 2022
“As You Like It”: Brevity Shakespeare.
Sept. 9-11. Karl Sikkenga directs this local acting company in a 90-minute version of Shakespeare’s pastoral comedy centered on a noblewoman who must disguise herself as a man in order to win the world’s respect. With its deft counterpointing of multiple plots, its extravagance of word and wit, and its canny assault upon the various socially sanctioned ways in which people inflict themselves upon one another, "As You Like It" is arguably the greatest comic drama in English. It is certainly one of the most entertaining. Stars Dash Mangrulkar, Jennifer Pan, Cristina Pellerano, and Michael Jewett. Performed outdoors with limited capacity. 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), 210 N. Wallace at Sherman, Ypsilanti. Rain location at First Baptist Church, 1110 W. Cross. Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $10). Reservations recommended at 985-0315.
“Lifemark”: Fathom Events.
(Kevin Peeples, 2022). Drama about an adopted teen whose life is turned upside down when his birth mother unexpectedly reaches out. Ann Arbor 20 only. 4 p.m., 7 p.m., & 1 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.). Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter, 973–8424), Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline, 316–5500). Different times. For updated schedule, see FathomEvents.com/events. $12.50 (unless otherwise noted) in advance online (recommended) & at the door.
68th Annual Used Book Sale: American Association of University Women.
Sept. 9–11. Sale of thousands of books in over 60 categories, as well as DVDs. Proceeds support academic scholarships. Preview ($15) on Friday, 8–10 a.m. 10 a.m.–8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 10 a.m.–3 p.m. (Sun.), Morris Lawrence Building, WCC, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free admission and parking. annarbor-mi.aauw.net.
Calvon Brown: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.
Sept. 9 & 10. Brown delivers sarcastic impressions, one-liners and topical jokes about living in Detroit, dating, and getting older. 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.
U-M Museum of Natural History Planetarium & Dome Theater.
Every Fri., Sat., & Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages. Expedition Reef (11:30 a.m.) reveals the secrets of coral reefs, the “rainforests of the sea” that are the Earth’s most vibrant and endangered marine ecosystems. The Sky Tonight (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 (1:30 p.m.) immerses viewers in the wonders of Mayan science, examining how Mayan 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.
Golf Tournament: United Way of Washtenaw County.
Shotgun start. 9 a.m. (registration starts at 8 a.m.), Pierce Lake Golf Course, 1175 S. Main, Chelsea. $100 per person includes lunch & awards. firstname.lastname@example.org, 677–7218.
Rise & Shine Exercise: Pittsfield Township Community Center
Rise & Shine Exercise (Mon. & Fri. 9-9:45 a.m.). Pittsfield Township Community Center (701 W. Ellsworth, 822-2120, recreation.pittsfield-mi.gov). Free. Check meeting status before coming.Free.
“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
City Park Walks (Fri. 10–11 a.m., starting Sept. 9). Weekly guided 1-mile walk at a different city park each week. Preregister at email@example.com or 794–6250. Ann Arbor Senior Center (1320 Baldwin Ave., 794–6250). Free.free.
Crafting Crew: Pittsfield Township Community Center
Crafting Crew, bring your craft project, no instructor (Fri. 10-11:30 a.m.). Pittsfield Township Community Center (701 W. Ellsworth, 822-2120, recreation.pittsfield-mi.gov). Free. Check meeting status before coming.Free.
“Preschool ArtStart”: Ann Arbor District Library
Sept. 9 (10:30–11 a.m.). Kids ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult, invited to make fun, process-based arts and crafts. AADL Malletts Creek. Free. 327-4200.Free.
“An Example of Mobility: The Epigraphic Record of Migration from Hadrumetum to Lambaesis”: U-M Kelsey Museum of Anthropology Flash Talk.
U-M classical art and archaeology grad student James Prosser discusses (via Zoom) migration and the road system in Roman North Africa. Q&A. Noon–12:30 p.m., for URL see bit.ly/kelseyseptflashtalk. Free. 764-9304.
Chime Concert: Kerrytown Market & Shops.
Every Fri., Sat., & Wed. 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
Tai Chi (Mon., Wed., & Fri., noon–12:30 p.m.) via Zoom. U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program. Free. For Zoom links see calendar at bit.ly/UMTurnerCal. 998–9353.Free.
“Midday Morsel Drop-In Tour”: U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.
30-minute docent-led tour of Kelsey highlights. 12:30 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State (meet at the Maynard St. entrance). Free. 764-9304.
Walking Group: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program
U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program. Free. For Zoom links see calendar at bit.ly/UMTurnerCal. 998–9353.Free.
Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program
Bridge (Tues. & Fri. 1–4 p.m.) in person, no partner needed, call if interested. U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998–9353.Free.
Duplicate Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.
Every Thurs., Fri., & Tues. All invited to play a 499er game (Thurs.) or ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge (Fri. & Tues.). 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 Fri. Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2–5 (with caregiver). Fri. 1 p.m. (Westgate). Free. 327–4200.Free.
“Love a Park Days”: City of Ann Arbor Give 365 Volunteer and Outreach Program.
Sept. 2, 4, 9, 17, 20, & 22. All invited to plant native flowers, pick up trash, weed playgrounds, spread woodchips, and help city staffers with other minor beautification projects. Wear long pants, and sturdy closed-toed shoes; bring water; tools and gloves provided. Bromley Park (Sept. 2, 3–5 p.m.). Sylvan Park (Sept. 4, 1–3 p.m.). Windemere Park (Sept. 9, 3–5 p.m.). Sugarbush Park (Sept. 17, 3–5 p.m.). Bandemer Park (Sept. 20, 8:30–10 a.m.). Arbor Oaks Park (Sept. 22, 3–5 p.m.). Various locations. Free. Preregistration required at bit.ly/a2loveapark9-22, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 794–6445.
“Pets & Pajamas Movie Night”: Humane Society of Huron Valley
Sept. 9 & 23 (5:30–9 p.m.). Kids ages 5-11 invited to watch an animal-themed movie. Also, crafts and a chance to interact with adoptable pets. Vegetarian dinner and popcorn. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow. $40 (flat $20 for 1 or 2 additional kids). Preregistration required at tickettailor.com/events/hshv, email@example.com. Call for movie selection or details. 661-3575.
Magic: The Gathering Game Play: Sylvan Factory.
Every Fri., Sat., Mon., & Wed. All invited to play various forms of the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. Friday Night Magic rotating draft (Fri. 6–10 p.m.), cost varies. Intro to Magic: The Gathering (Sat. noon–3 p.m.), Free. Commander Pods, casual groups of 4 players (Sat. 6–10 p.m.), free. Just Another Modern Monday power cards (Mon., except Sept. 5, 6–9 p.m.), $10. Casual Commander, the most popular form of the game (Wed. 5–8 p.m.), free. Prizes paid in store credit. Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium. firstname.lastname@example.org, 929–5877.
Stefanie Haapala and Allye Gaietto: Ann Arbor District Library.
Double bill concert featuring by these Michigan singer-songwriters. Haapala sings original acoustic indie pop-folk tunes, accompanying herself on guitar. Singer-keyboardist Gaietto plays story-driven songs with pop melodies. 6–7:30 p.m., AADL Downtown. Free. 327-4200.
Family Shabbat: Jewish Cultural Society.
All invited for a dinner from a local restaurant, preceded by a brief secular Shabbat observance with songs, candle lighting, challah and wine rituals. Children welcome. 6:30-9 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow. $10 (family, $25; members, free). Preregistration required at JewishCulturalSociety.org. 975-9872.
Annual Barn Dance: Salem Area Historical Society.
Square dancing to live bluegrass, country, and vintage pop by the local Picks & Sticks Stringband. Cider and donuts available. Proceeds used to preserve the nearby Jarvis-Stone School and Dickerson Barn. 7-10 p.m., Three Cedars Farm, Six Mile Rd. just west of Curtis Rd. north off North Territorial. $5 donation (SAHS members, $3) at the door only. (248) 437-6651.
Demetrius Nabors: Blue LLama Jazz Club
Pianist, composer, producer and arranger DEMETRIUS “KRAYON” NABORS is well known and in demand in the Detroit area and on the national contemporary jazz scene. He is a two-time Detroit Music Award Winner in the Outstanding Gospel/Christian Musician category.314 S. Main St , Ann Arbor. Pre-Pay Cover or Dinner+Show at opentable.com. $15–75. email@example.com. bluellamaclub.com. 734-372-3200.
Family Book Party: Booksweet Bookshop/Black Men Read.
Sept. 9 (7–8 p.m.). Kids ages 4–11 welcome, with caregivers, to listen to volunteers read stories of the African diaspora, then do related activities. Outdoors in the courtyard, weather permitting. Booksweet, Courtyard Shops, 1729 Plymouth Rd. Free. Preregistration requested (capacity limited) at ShopBooksweet.com. 929–4112.Free.
Gordon Hall Fundraiser: Dexter Area Historical Society and Museum.
Dancing to live music by Billy Mack & the Juke Joint Johnnies, a versatile local roots-rock quartet whose repertoire includes originals and rockabilly, early rock ’n’ roll, western swing, and hillbilly bop covers. Snacks & open bar with beer, wine, and soft drinks. Explore the 1st floor of Gordon Hall from 6–7 p.m. Benefit for the restoration of historic Gordon Hall. 7–10 p.m., Gordon Hall, 8311 Island Lake Rd, at the corner of Dexter-Pinckney Rd, Dexter. $75 per person or $300 for 6 people. Preregistration requested at 395–4106 or dexterhistory.org.
“Beethoven Symphony No. 7”: Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.
New AASO music director Earl Lee debuts in a season opening performance conducting Beethoven’s raucous, electrifying Symphony No. 7 and This Land, a 2019 work by the prominent young African American composer Carlos Simon that blends faint immigrant hymns and anthems of immigrants over a lush, hesitantly hopeful orchestral tapestry. Also, acclaimed Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan joins the Symphony in Rachmaninoff’s fiendishly virtuosic Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. 8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Mask and proof of vaccination (or negative PCR test within 3 days) required. Tickets $20–$90 in advance at a2so.com & the AASO office (35 Research Dr., ste. 100), and (if available) at the door. 994-4801.
See 1 Thursday. Tonight: Andy Adamson Quintet. All-star local jazz ensemble led by composer-keyboardist Adamson, whose music draws on styles ranging from traditional to modern electric jazz, along with some free improvisation. Tonight he showcases material from A Coincidence of Act, a forthcoming collection of his traditional and fusion jazz compositions. With saxophonist Dan Bennett, acoustic & electric bassist Brennan Andes, trumpeter Ross Huff, and drummer John Taylor. 8 p.m. (doors 7:30 p.m.), $25 in advance only (space limited) payable via PayPal to @andyadamsonmusic and via Venmo to @Andy-Adamson-Music.
The Second City: The Ark.
Sept. 9 & 10. One of the longest-running comedy improv groups in the country, Chicago’s popular Second City troupe lampoons contemporary political, cultural, and social events in an evening of short sketches. Its current show is a mix of sketch comedy, music, and improv that sends up and celebrates the eccentricities and imperfections of our great big dysfunctional nation. 8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $36 (students with ID, $26) in advance at Michigan Union Ticket Office and theark.org, and (if available) at the door. 761-1451.
“Disc Golf Glow Night”: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.
All invited to play disc golf with illuminated course baskets. 8:30-11:30 p.m., Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings Rd., Whitmore Lake. $6 (nonresidents, $10) vehicle entry fee. Preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org.
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
Riverside Swings: Swing Ann Arbor.
Sept. 9, 16, 23, & 30. 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., Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti. $5 (students, $4). riversidearts.org/event/riverside-swings.
“The Big Lebowski”: State Theatre.
(Joel & Ethan Coen, 1998). Beloved black comedy crime movie starring Jeff Bridges as a slacker who goes by “The Dude” (or El Duderino, if you’re not into the whole brevity thing).
9:30 p.m. 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 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.