Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in September 2022
September 16, 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.
“See How They Run”: Michigan Theater.
Opens Sept. 16: (Tom George, 2022). Mystery comedy set in the 1950s London theater world. Sam Rockwell, Saoirse Ronan.
Various times. 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.
Bob Phillips: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.
Sept. 16 & 17. Well-written and wicked topical jokes, one-liners, and observations from this laid-back Michigander. He talks about such things as winter in the Midwest, growing up in the 70s, and dating websites for older people. 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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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
“O Say Can You Hear?: A Cultural Biography of the Star-Spangled Banner”: U-M Clements Library Bookworm.
U-M musicology and American culture professor Mark Clague discusses (via Zoom) his new book about the origins of the national anthem and its place in American cultural history. 10–11:15 a.m., for URL preregister at myumi.ch/gjgzR. Free. 764–2347.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
“Mochas + Murals: Stroller Mural Tour”: Ann Arbor Art Center
Sept. 18 (10–10:45 a.m.). An Art Center curator leads this stroller- and family-friendly interactive guided mural tour, best for kids under 10 with accompanying adults. Each child receives a crayon pack and a special mural booklet to enjoy at home. $5/person, $10/family. Preregistration required at annarborartcenter.org/beyond-the-pail (space limited).$5/person, $10/family.
“Sensation Stations”: Ann Arbor District Library
Sept. 16 (10:30–11:15 a.m.). All toddlers ages 10 months–2 years invited to drop in to engage their senses by scooping, pouring, squeezing, and shaking a variety of materials. AADL Pittsfield. Free. 327–4200.Free.
“Mochas + Murals”: Ann Arbor Art Center Walking Mural Tour.
Art Center curator Andrew Cohen leads a lunchtime guided tour of Ann Arbor murals, discussing each artist’s process and concept. Noon-1:15pm. $5 each. Preregistration required at annarborartcenter.org/beyond-the-pail (space limited).
2nd Annual Virtual Birthday Party: Foundations of Wellness for Women
Join the Foundations of Wellness for Women on Friday, Sept. 16 at noon as we celebrate our 2nd Birthday with our community! We're having a virtual party and you're invited to join us on zoom for games, prizes, and fun. It's free and we promise lots of laughs! See you there!
You must register for the party zoom link: https://bit.ly/FWW-IS-TWO
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.
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
“Fix-It Friday”: Maker Works.
All invited to bring anything that needs fixing—chairs, sweaters, radios, whatever. Maker Works members and staff on hand to help with repairs. Handy people invited to assist. Repairs not guaranteed. New: toy adaptations to make off-the-shelf toys more accessible for people with disabilities, but you must register in advance. 4–6 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Mask required. Free. 222–4911.
17th Annual Oktoberfest: Saline Main Street.
Sept. 16 & 17. This old-fashioned Oktoberfest kicks off with the annual “Tapping of the Golden Keg” and features a beer garden with German brews & traditional German food and dance bands. Tonight: the mid-Michigan 70s and 80s classic rock dance band Jedi Mind Trip (8 p.m.). Note: No pets after 7 p.m. 5–11 p.m. (Fri.) & 10 a.m.–11 p.m. (Sat.), downtown Saline. Free ($5 admission after 5 p.m. for those age 21 & over). salinemainstreet.org/events.
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 Dinner +Show at opentable.com. $85. email@example.com. bluellamaclub.com. 734-372-3200.
Game Night: Sweetwaters Café Downtown.
Sept. 2, 16, & 30. 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.
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.
Open Mic: Ann Arbor District Library.
All musicians invited to play up to 4 minutes. Sign up for the chance to take the stage; names are drawn at random to determine the order of performances. All portable instruments welcome. Piano provided. No drum sets. 6–7 p.m., AADL Downtown. Free. 327-4200.
Washtenaw County School Board Candidates' Forum Invitation: The forum sponsors are Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Rho Delta Zeta Chapter in collaboration with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®, Delta Psi Omega Chapter and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated, Zeta Zeta Omega Alumnae Chapter.
The forum will take place on Friday, September 16th at 6:00pm, in-person at the Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center located at 4135 Washtenaw, Ann Arbor, MI. The forum is only for School Board candidates seeking election in the General Election on November 8th. Crystal Campbell and Taryn Willis will moderate the forum. The format will be more of a Meet and Greet versus a debate. Registration is required for candidates.https://www.eventbrite.com/e/washtenaw-county-school-board-candidates-forum-tickets-399603564017 . Free. email@example.com.
“2022 Blue Ribbon Bash”: Therapeutic Riding, Inc. Fundraiser.
Food trucks and dancing to live music TBA. Also, a horse meet-and-greet. Beer & wine. Age 21 & over only. 6:30 p.m., TRI barn, 3425 E. Morgan Rd. Tickets $125 in advance at therapeuticridinginc.org. 677-0303.
“K-ArtSong: A Korean Art Song Recital”: U-M Music School/U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies.
Pianist and U-M music professor Matthew Thompson accompanies U-M voice students and guest singers in a program of traditional Korean songs that set a poem or text to music in a way that mirrors the classic European art songs. 6:30–7:30 p.m., UMMA Apse, 525 S. State. Free. 764-1825.
“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.
“New Music Festival”: American Guild of Organists.
Local organists Graeme Shields, Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra, Timothy Huth, and Timothy Tikker perform their original compositions as well as recent American Center of Church Music Composition Competition award-winning pieces by Debra Dyko, Laurel E. Sanders, and Aaron Flood. 7 p.m., First Congregational Church, 608 E. William. Free. annarborago.com.
“Soundbath”: Lighthouse Center.
Sound therapy concert by crystal sound bath practitioner Julia Taylor and 22 Lunar owner John Steinbauer. 7 p.m., 740 E. Shore Dr., Whitmore Lake. $20 in advance at lighthousecenterinc.org and at the door. 808–1335.
Fallout Shelter 1-yr anny: Ypsi DJ/VJ Collective
Mini Music Festival day 2; 7pm-12am: celebrating 1 year of the The Fallout Shelter party series, every Thursday at 734 Brewing Co. Live DJs spinning house-hip hop-jungle, projection art, vendors. Raising funds for Sickle Cell Anemia Research. DJs incl Amateur Waifu, Eggs Blackly, Knifehouse, DJ Instar, The Silent Echo, Residents Choice15 E Cross St, Ypsilanti, MI 48198 , Ypsilanti, city of. n/a. free. firstname.lastname@example.org. https://www.facebook.com/events/504385028354913/. 7348834435.
“A Tribute to Ron Brooks”: Kerrytown Concert House.
An ensemble of local straight-ahead jazz veterans—drummers Peter Siers and George Davidson, pianist Rick Roe, vibraphonist Cary Kocher, saxophonist Vincent Bowens, trumpeter Rayse Biggs, and bassist Paul Keller—join bassist Brooks himself to celebrate his career, which has included stints with the Contemporary Jazz Quintet, Mixed Bag, and leading the house rhythm section at his former local jazz club, the Bird of Paradise, for nearly 19 years. 7:30 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Mask required. Livestream available. $29–$50 (students, $19) in advance online and at the door. kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769–2999.
Banned Book Club: Booksweet Bookshop.
Booksweet co-owner Shaun Manning leads a discussion about Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi’s 2020 “remix” for younger readers of Stamped from the Beginning, Kendi’s 2016 book about race in the U.S. Both books have been banned by numerous school districts for discussing racism. 8–9 p.m., Booksweet, Courtyard Shops, 1729 Plymouth Rd. Free. Preregistration required (capacity limited) at ShopBooksweet.com. 929–4112.
SOLD OUT - Livingston Taylor: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).
SOLD OUT - Like his more famous brother James, Livingston Taylor first emerged as part of the singer-songwriter boom of the late 60s and early 70s. From his first hits (“Carolina Day” and “In My Reply”), his music has remained consistently sweet-tempered, emotionally direct and buoyant, laid-back, and occasionally very humorous. 8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Tickets $20 in advance at greenwoodcoffeehouse.org and at the door. 665-8558.
Trevor Noah: University Musical Society. Sold Out.
8 p.m. Hill Auditorium. Join interest list at ums.org to be notified of any ticket releases. 764-2538.
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.
"Akira": State Theatre.
(Katsuhiro Otomo, 1988). Animated cyberpunk action film set in a dystopian 2019 about a biker gang and telekinetic powers that threaten the sprawling militaristic metropolis of Neo-Tokyo. In Japanese.
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.