Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in September 2022
September 15, 2022
“Ain’t Misbehavin’”: The Encore Musical Theatre Company.
Every Thurs.–Sun., Sept. 15–Oct. 2. Gerry McIntyre directs this local professional theater company in Richard Maltby Jr.’s joyful, high-energy 1978 Broadway musical revue that pays tribute to legendary Harlem Renaissance composer-pianist Fats Waller, master of the stride jazz piano and creator of indelible tunes. Five performers present an evening of Waller’s buoyant, often slyly raunchy songs, with their sophisticated, hook-filled melodies. 7:30 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore Maas Mainstage, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $54 (seniors & youth under 18, $52) in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $20 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268–6200.
“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.
Country Fair: Wiard’s Orchards.
Every Sat. & Sun., Sept. 10–Oct. 30 and Wed.–Fri., Sept. 23–Oct. 28. A carnival atmosphere with a variety of family-oriented fall activities on this family farm. Wagon rides, a petting farm, a corn maze, and more. An apple cannon, paintball, apple or pumpkin picking, and other activities available Sat. & Sun. for an extra charge. Cider and donuts available. No pets. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.) and 10 a.m.–6 p.m. (Wed.–Fri.), Wiard’s Orchards, 5565 Merritt Rd. (east of Carpenter), Ypsilanti. Weekend admission: $23.50 (babies under 2, free). Weekday admission: $17.50 (babies, free) online only at wiards.com. 390–9211.
“Fall Migration in Nichols Arboretum”: Washtenaw Audubon Society.
Every Thurs., Aug. 25—Oct. 27. WAS members lead a hike through the Arb to look for fall warblers and other southbound migrants, many of which are in their 1st-year plumage. 8—11 a.m., meet in the cul-de-sac at the end of Riverview (off Geddes near the east end of Dow Field). Free. Washtenawaudubon.org.
Dressage Shows: Waterloo Hunt Club.
Sept. 14–18. Equine competition of skilled horses and riders, highlighted by graceful freestyle routines set to music. Concessions. 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Waterloo Hunt Club, 11500 Glenn at Katz (west off Mount Hope Rd. from I-94 exit 150), Grass Lake. Free admission. Horseshowoffice.com, 426–2111.
Flower Arranging Salon: Pittsfield Township Community Center
Flower Arranging Salon, no instructor, $20 ($10 subsequent weeks) (Thurs. 9:30-11 a.m.). Pittsfield Township Community Center (701 W. Ellsworth, 822-2120, recreation.pittsfield-mi.gov). Free. Check meeting status before coming.$20, $10 subsequent weeks.
“George Gershwin”: Ann Arbor Piano Teachers Guild.
U-M piano professor Logan Skelton is joined by Concordia University music professor John Boonenberg and U-M graduate Xiting Yang in performing 2 new piano arrangements of Gershwin’s orchestral rhapsody “An American in Paris” and other Gershwin songs. They also discuss the massive U-M project to make new critical editions of Gershwin’s complete works. 10–11 a.m., Faber Piano Institute, 3042 Creek Dr. Also on Zoom, for URL email firstname.lastname@example.org. Free.
“Preschool Hike: Log Cabin Cozy”: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission
Sept. 15 (10–11 a.m.): “Preschool Hike: Log Cabin Cozy”. Kids ages 2–5 invited to join WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance to explore the Parker Log Cabin, discussing the life of children in an 1800s farm family, making candles, and doing cabin chores. Also, story time. Caregiver must be present. Parker Mill County Park, 4650 Geddes Rd. Free. Preregistration required at bit.ly/wcprc2022 (activity #811003), email@example.com.Free.
Mah-jongg: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program
Mah-jongg (Thurs. 10 a.m.–noon) in person. U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program. 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998–9353.Free.
“Little Paws Story Time”
Sept. 8, 15, 22, & 29 (10:30–11:30 a.m.). Stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats and dogs. For kids ages 2–5, accompanied by an adult. HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $5 per kid (babies under age 1, free). Preregistration required at tickettailor.com/events/hshv, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mature Ministries: “Stratford Festival of America”: Mature Ministries: First Presbyterian Church
%stSept. 15 (11 a.m.): Mature Ministries: First Presbyterian Church. Talk on the “Stratford Festival of America” by festival chair Linda Rexer, offering highlights from Stratford’s storied history as well as its current season of 10 productions. Followed by lunch ($10), after which (1 p.m.) new First Presbyterian lead pastor Dave Prentice-Hyers and Houston and Killellan Kirk (Renfrewshire, Scotland) pastor Gary Noonan discuss the Presbyterian Church. First Presbyterian Church Social Hall, 1432 Washtenaw Ave. Free. 355–2351.Free.
Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library
Every Thurs. Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2–5 (with caregiver). Thurs. 11 a.m. (Traverwood). Free. 327–4200.Free.
“Community Town Hall”: United Way Washtenaw County.
Lunch and panel discussion with pastor Mashod Evans and campaign cochairs Tim Marshall and Emily Moore-Marshall on advocating for and working equitably with challenged populations in the county. Q&A. Noon–1 p.m., EMU Student Center Ballroom, 900 Oakwood St., #312, Ypsilanti. Preregistration required at uwwashtenaw.org. $30 ($175 for table of 6). email@example.com.
ACBL-sanctioned Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center
ACBL-sanctioned Bridge (Thurs. noon–3:30 p.m.). $9; members, $8. Ann Arbor Senior Center (1320 Baldwin Ave., 794–6250). Check meeting status before coming.$9; members, $8..
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. firstname.lastname@example.org, 929—5877. sylvanfactory.com/event-schedule.
U-M Center for Japanese Studies Thursday Lecture Series.
Every Thurs. (except Sept. 1). Talks by national and global scholars. Sept. 8: U-M CJS director Reginald Jackson discusses the history and future of the CJS in “Looking Forward: A Communal Blueprint for our CJS 75th Anniversary Events.” Sept. 15: University of Chicago history professor Harry Harootunian joins Reginald Jackson to discuss his most recent book, “Archaism and Actuality. Historical Form, Time and Fascism in Modern Japan.” Sept. 22: U-M Japanese studies postdoc Ryan Masaaki Yokota on “Okinawan Independence and Autonomy Debates in the 1980s.” Sept. 29: U-M postdoc Jessica A. Fernández de Lara Harada discusses the experience of Mexicans of Japanese descent in “Racism, Mestizaje, and the American World War II Ethnic Cleansing of Latin American Japanese.” Noon–1:30 p.m. 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. For livestream preregister at bit.ly/umcjslectures. Free. email@example.com, 764–6307.
“Healing: Simple Tunes”: First Baptist Church Ad Libitum Concert Series.
First Baptist music director Shin-Ae Chun plays meditative hymn arrangements on the church’s RD-2000 keyboard. 12:15 p.m., 517 E. Washington. Free. fbca2.org, 663—9376.
“General Gage's Spy Papers”: Daughters of the American Revolution.
U-M Clements Library curator of manuscripts Cheney Schopieray discusses the papers of Thomas Gage, commander-in-chief of the British forces in North America from 1763 to 1775. The collection is particularly strong in documenting British administration after the French and Indian War, interactions with Native Americans, and the years preceding the American Revolution. 1 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. Free, but preregistration required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org beforehand.
Fall Open House: International Neighbors.
Area women invited to join women from more than 60 countries to learn about activities throughout the year, including beginning and intermediate English conversation, foreign language discussion groups, and special interest groups such as hiking, quilting, and cooking. Child care (free) available for kids 5 & under. Rain or shine. 1–2:30 p.m., Benard Maas Shelter, Gallup Park. Free. inannarbor.org.
All invited to learn about and practice this Japanese style of flower arranging. Led by instructors TBA. Floral materials provided, bring your own container. 1–2:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. $20. Space limited; preregistration required at email@example.com. mbgna.umich.edu.
Wise Guys: Conversations for Men: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program
Wise Guys: Conversations for Men (Thurs. 1–2:30 p.m.) via Zoom. U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program. Free. For Zoom links see calendar at bit.ly/UMTurnerCal. 998–9353.Free.
“Responding to China’s Actions in Xinjiang: Are Economic Sanctions a Route to Improving Human Rights?”: U-M Donia Human Rights Center.
Panel discussion moderated by Donia Center director Steven Ratner and U-M Center for Chinese Studies director Ann Chih Lin. 4–5:30 p.m., Michigan Room, Michigan League. Free. ii.umich.edu/humanrights.
Michigan Marching Band Practice.
Every Mon.–Thurs. The U-M’s highly disciplined 200-plus-member marching band or sections thereof can be seen and heard practicing on Elbel Field. All welcome to find a spot in the bleachers and get a sneak preview of upcoming halftime shows. Rehearsals usually last 1–2 hours. 4:45 p.m., Elbel Field, Hill at Division. Free. 764–0582.
“China’s Paradox: Authoritarianism and Weakness”: U-M Wallace House Hovey Lecture.
Talk by U-M Knight-Wallace fellow Scott Tong, a longtime China correspondent who cohosts NPR’s Here and Now. 5 p.m., U-M Wallace House Gardens, 620 Oxford. For livestream see wallacehouse.umich.edu. Free. Reservations encouraged at wallacehouse.umich.edu/rsvp. 998-7666
Wallace House Presents “China’s Paradox: Authoritarianism and Weakness” with Scott Tong: Wallace House
In 2013, longtime China correspondent Scott Tong came to the Knight-Wallace Fellowship to research China’s on-again, off-again ties with the global community, and how it connected with his own family. The resulting book, “A Village with My Name: A Family’s History of China’s Opening to the World,” examines nationalism and globalization through the stories of five generations of Tongs. China’s openness to the western world delivered great benefits to them yet came at a devasting human price during Mao’s communist rule. In the end, this openness made it possible for Tong to become an American journalist covering China.
Today, Beijing’s increasingly antagonistic relations with Washington and many advanced economies present a great risk to its own economy and high-tech development.
Now a co-host of NPR’s Here & Now Tong returns to Wallace House to discuss Beijing’s increasing authoritarianism and international aggression, and what it signals for its own future and that of globalization.
The annual Graham Hovey Lecture recognizes a Knight-Wallace journalist whose career exemplifies the benefits of a fellowship at the University of Michigan and whose ensuing work is at the forefront of national conversation. The event is named for the late Graham Hovey, director of the fellowship program from 1980 to 1986 and a distinguished journalist for The New York Times.620 Oxford Rd, Ann Arbor. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org. www.wallacehouse.umich.edu. 7349987666.
“Flint Is Family In Three Acts”: U-M Stamps School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Speaker Series.
Art Institute of Chicago photography professor LaToya Ruby Frazier discusses her exhibition on view at the U-M Penny Stamps Gallery (see Galleries). It uses written word, photographs, poems, and interviews to document the day-to-day lives of 3 generations of women over 5 years as they endure the Flint water crisis and its aftermath. 5:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-8463.
Torrey Peters: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.
This acclaimed NYC-based novelist and short fiction writer reads from and discusses her work. Her bestselling 2021 debut novel Detransition, Baby was nominated for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, making Peters the first openly trans woman nominated for the award. Her stories frequently place multiple trans women into a conventional domestic narrative, allowing them to converse with each other, and eliciting a nuanced examination of trans life in America while avoiding the usual self-empowerment cliches. Followed by a Q&A. Also, tomorrow Peters gives a free talk on “Household Gods and Hobgoblins of the Little Mind: Questions of Audience—Both Real and Imagined” (10–11 a.m., 3222 Angell Hall). 5:30–6:30 p.m., UMMA Stern Auditorium, 525 S. State. Livestream available for both programs at tinyurl.com/ZellWriters. Free, but capacity limited. email@example.com.
“Repairsday Thursday”: All Hands Active.
Every Thurs. All invited to drop in with broken electronics, furniture, toys, and any other odd item for AHA members to try to repair and offer advice. Repairs not guaranteed. 6–8 p.m., All Hands Active, basement of 255 E. Liberty, ste. 225. Livestream available at MeetUp.com/AllHandsActive/events. Free; donations welcome. Mask required. info@AllHandsActive.org.
3D Design and Printing Lab: Ann Arbor District Library.
A chance for adults and high schoolers to learn some basic design techniques and, time permitting, to print a small 3D object. 6–7:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200.
Fallout Shelter 1-yr anny: Ypsi DJ/VJ Collective
Mini Music Festival day 1: celebrating 1 year of the The Fallout Shelter party series, every Thursday at 734 Brewing Co. Live DJs spinning house-techno-UK garage, projection art, vendors. Raising funds for Sickle Cell Anemia Research. DJs incl: Dash Riot, Loamsy, (Don of UK garage) Jeffrey Woodward, Mr. 7 Inches, Sleezy Hamilton, The Silent Echo, Z3VS.15 E Cross St, Ypsilanti, MI 48198 , Ypsilanti, city of. n/a. free. firstname.lastname@example.org. https://www.facebook.com/events/504385028354913/. 7348834435.
“The 57 Bus”: Ann Arbor District Library Big Gay Read Public Discussion.
AADL staffers lead a facilitated conversation on Dashka Slater’s 2017 bestselling nonfiction book for teens (see 21 Wednesday listing). 6:30 p.m., AADL Westgate. Free. 327–4200.
In person silent meditation
Insight Meditation Ann Arbor offers meditation every Thursday evening at Zion Lutheran Church; 1501 W Liberty. Please come in back door. Two sittings: 6:30-7:00, and 7:15 to 8:00, come to either or both. Please mask in building. No charge, donations gratefully accepted.
“Clerks III”: Fathom Events.
(Kevin Smith, 2022). Latest installment in this iconic comedy franchise about a pair of hapless convenience store clerks. 7 p.m. 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.
“Solar Stories”: City of Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations/Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association.
Ann Arborites share (via Zoom) their experience using solar energy. Q&A. 7–8 p.m., for URL preregister at bit.ly/a2energy. Free. email@example.com.
From NYC: Charlie Porter: Blue LLama Jazz Club
Internationally acclaimed and Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and composer CHARLIE PORTER first cut his teeth on the New York jazz scene in the late ’90s, while simultaneously studying classical trumpet performance at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of famed trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis.314 S. Main St , Ann Arbor. Pre-Pay Show Only Cover at opentable.com. $25. firstname.lastname@example.org. bluellamaclub.com. 734-372-3200.
Live Trivia at Bløm Mead + Cider: Bløm Meadworks
Free live trivia every Thursday with Sporcle! Two one-hour-long games, every Thursday (7pm & 8pm) with prizes for first and second place teams. No limit to group size - come by yourself or with a team! Great tunes, awesome host + lots of seasonal meads, ciders, beers and food.100 S 4th Ave, Suite 110, Ann Arbor. Free. email@example.com. https://www.drinkblom.com/events. 734-548-9729.
Pub Quiz: Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub.
Every Thurs. Local high school English teacher Barry Aherne throws out questions for anyone to answer at this popular weekly trivia fest. Come with a team (up to 6 people). Prizes. 7:30 p.m. or so, Conor O’Neill’s, 318 S. Main. $5 team fee that goes to the winning team. 665–2968.
Yoga with Cats: Humane Society of Huron Valley.
Every Thurs. & Sun. Humane Society education reps introduce all ages to the basics of hatha-style yoga, which integrates breath with movement. Also, interact with adoptable cats. Dress prepared to work out. Suitable for age 12 & up (all 16 & under must be accompanied by adult). 7:30–8:30 p.m. (Thurs.) & 8:30–9:30 a.m. (Sun.), Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson, ste. A1. $10. Preregistration required at tickettailor.com/events/hshv, firstname.lastname@example.org, 661–3575.
Every Thurs. & Tues. All German speakers, native or non-native, invited for conversation with either or both of 2 long-running groups, the A2 Stammtisch (8 p.m. Thurs.), and the German Speakers Round Table (7:30 p.m. Tues.). Various times, Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free admission. Preregistration for Thurs. A2 Stammtisch requested at email@example.com. 812–6375 (Tues.).
Silent Disco: Whoa Silent Disco
Silent Disco, at Liberty Plaza from 8:00pm-10:00pm.
What is a silent disco?
Three music sets being played into a group wearing headphones. Once you put on these special headphones you are linked up with a “WHOA!”