Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in September 2022
September 22, 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.
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.
Policy-focused solutions to the firearm epidemic: What we know works: The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy in partnership with the U-M Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention
In the wake of repeated tragedies and the firearm violence that has plagued our nation, the University of Michigan community is grappling with what can be done. There is an urgent need to address the firearm injury epidemic in America, and its social, economic, and public health impacts. Join for a conversation around firearm violence, and policies that can help prevent it. Four leading experts in firearm violence will offer their insights, then come together for a panel conversation on the big picture policy implications and potential solutions for firearm violence.
“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.
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.
“Earthfest”: U-M School for the Environment and Sustainability.
Food, live entertainment TBA, and dozens of information booths on sustainability. Sustainability-related games and prizes. 10 a.m.–2 p.m., U-M Diag. Free. email@example.com, 764–6453.
“Turmoil in Eastern Europe: Ukraine and Beyond”: U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Thursday Morning Lecture Series.
Every Thurs., Sept. 22–Oct. 20 & Oct. 28. Series of 6 weekly talks exploring political and social transformations in
Ukraine since the fall of the Soviet Union. Sept. 22: WSU political science professor Kevin Deegan-Krause on “Understanding Eastern Europe.” Sept. 29: Oakland University political science professor Paul Kubicek on “Ukraine Is Not Russia: A Brief Survey of Ukrainian History.” Oct. 6: Oakland University biology professor Taras K. Oleksyk, a Ukraine native, on “A Better Future for Us All: Why the World Needs to Learn About the Ukrainian Identity.” Oct. 13: Retired U.S international development officer Susan Fritz on “Considerations for a Post-Conflict Assistance Program in Ukraine.” Oct. 20: Avant-Garde Ukrainian Theatre (Toronto) technical director Andriy Pereklita on “Ukraine and Its Culture, the Present Looking Through the Mirror of the Past into the Future.” Oct. 28: U-M public policy professor John Ciociari on “Understanding Global Responses to the War in Ukraine.” 10–11:30 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Preregistration required at olli-umich.org. $61 (members, $36) for the 6-lecture series. $10 per lecture for members. Membership, $25 a year. 998–9351.
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.
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.
“A Jewish Race Scientist in 20th Century Britain”: U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.
U-M modern Jewish history Professor Todd M. Endelman discusses the career of the eminent early 20th-century Jewish scientist Redcliffe Salaman. Noon, 202 S. Thayer Building, 202 S. Thayer. For livestream see myumi.ch/RWNV4. Free. 615–8503.
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. email@example.com, 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. firstname.lastname@example.org, 764–6307.
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.
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.
“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, email@example.com, or 794–6445.
“Love the River Day”: City of Ann Arbor Give 365 Volunteer and Outreach Program.
All invited on a paddling excursion and river clean up in the area of the Huron River around the Gallup Park canoe livery. No prior paddling experience required. Bring water, sunscreen, and a dry bag if you need one; tools and gloves provided. Prepare to get wet. 4–5:30 p.m., Gallup Park. Free, preregistration required (20 maximum people) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 794–6445.
U-M Clements Library Tour.
Sept. 22 & 23. Hour-long docent-led tour of the Clements’s early American history collection featuring Benjamin West’s iconic painting The Death of General Wolfe, a Revolutionary War-era trunk that once housed British commander-in-chief Thomas Gage’s papers, the student-curated exhibit Navigating Disability in 19th-Century America, and more. 4:15 p.m., Clements Library, 909 South University. Free, preregistration required at myumi.ch/Aw9Zb. 649–3370.
“American Democracy in Peril”: U-M Law School.
Talk commemorating Constitution Day by former U.S. Court of Appeals judge Michael Luttig, who recently testified before the House Select Committee on January 6. Followed by a reception. 4:20-5:30 p.m., 1225 Jeffries Hall, 701 S. State. Free. 764-4705.
“Scapegoating Chinese American Scientists in the Name of National Security”: U-M Center for Chinese Studies Endowed Professorship Inaugural Lecture.
U-M public policy professor Ann Lin discusses the many Chinese American academics who, in the past decade, have had their grants terminated, laboratories closed, and personal savings bankrupted over fears of China’s economic development strategy. 4:30–6 p.m., 1010 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Livestream at bit.ly/umccsannlinlecture. Free. 764-6308.
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.
“Carrying Golden Threads”: U-M Stamps School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Speaker Series.
Internationally renowned multimedia artist Michele Oka Doner, a U-M grad, discusses how she has drawn on study and appreciation of the natural world as inspiration over her 6-decade career. Best known for her permanent art installations at Reagan and Miami international airports, Doner’s work encompasses sculpture, drawing, public art, functional objects, video, artist books, as well as costume and set design. 5:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-8463.
“Evening Equinox Hike”: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.
All invited to join WCPARC naturalist Elle Bogle for an evening hike to celebrate the winding down of summer and welcome the fall. 6–7:30 p.m. Fox Science Preserve, 2240 Peters Rd. Free. Preregistration required by emailing email@example.com, 971–6337.
“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.
From NYC: Kurt Rosenwinkel Quartet: Blue LLama Jazz Club
The conceptual influence of KURT ROSENWINKEL’s music can be readily observed on a global scale. Whether in concert halls, basement jazz club wee hours jam sessions, conservatory practice rooms or radio station airwaves, Rosenwinkel’s distinctive voice as a composer and guitarist has had an undeniable impact on music in the 21st century.314 S. Main St , Ann Arbor. Pre-Pay Dinner +Show at opentable.com or Superfan Ticket at Kerrytown Concert House. $100–125. firstname.lastname@example.org. bluellamaclub.com. 734-372-3200.
“Mother of Strangers”: Literati Bookstore/Ann Arbor District Library.
Palestinian writer and architect Suad Amiry discusses her new book, a darkly humorous novel based on the true story of a teenage Palestinian couple who become separated in the wake of the 1948 Israeli bombardment of their city. 6:30 p.m., AADL Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 585–5567.
“Water Meditation”: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.
WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance leads a restorative hike along the river, preceded by a cup of tea. 6:30-8 p.m., Mill Creek Park North, behind the Dexter Library, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. email@example.com.
“Path Lit by Lightning: the Life of Jim Thorpe”: Schuler Books (formerly Nicola’s).
Washington Post associate editor David Maraniss joins local sportswriter John U. Bacon to discuss his new biography of the legendary Native American athlete, a professional football, baseball, and basketball player who won gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics. Signing. 7 p.m. Schuler Books, 2513 Jackson Rd., Westgate shopping center. Free. Preregistration required at nicolasbooks.com. Free. 662-0600.
“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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Akropolis Reed Quintet: Kerrytown Concert House.
Detroit-based ensemble of U-M alumni who have been playing reed instruments together for 13 years. Their current repertoire includes premieres of works by Augusta Read Thomas and Omar Thomas, and imaginative renditions of music by Ravel, Bernstein, Rameau, Shostakovich, and Gershwin. In 2021, they released a well-received 4th album, Ghost Light. 7:30 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Mask required. Livestream available. $29–$50 (students, $19) in advance online and at the door. $140 for priority seating at both KCH and Blue LLama shows. kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769–2999.
Comedy Jamm: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.
Sept. 8 & 22. Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served. 7:30 p.m. (doors open 6:45), Comedy Showcase, 212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance at aacomedy.com (recommended) and at the door. 996–9080
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.).