Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in September 2022
September 8, 2022
“Eight-Legged Encounters: Spiders and Their Kin”: Ann Arbor Farm & Garden.
EMU biology professor Cara “Spider Lady” Schillington speaks and shows off some fascinating arachnids. Lunch available. 11:30 a.m. & 2 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw Ave. $5 ($19 includes lunch between the 2 sessions). Preregistration required at bit.ly/AAFGSeptSpiders by Sept. 1.
“Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”: Fathom Events.
(Nicholas Meyer, 1982). Director’s cut of this sci-fi classic in which Captain Kirk and the Enterprise crew face off against an old nemesis bent on revenge. 4 p.m. (Sun., Emagine only) & 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.
“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.
“Field Day”: Washtenaw County Conservation District.
Local conservationist farmers Shannon Brines and John Cox lead a tour of Brines Farm’s regenerative agroforestry farming practices, which intentionally integrate trees and shrubs into crop and animal farming systems to increase water retention, build soil, sequestrate carbon, and more. 8-11:30 a.m., Brines Farm, 6384 Walsh Road, Whitmore Lake. Wear comfortable shoes. Light refreshments. Free. Pre-registration is requested at washtenawcd.org/maeap.html. firstname.lastname@example.org, (313) 282-0786.
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.
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.
Trial Tinkergarten Class: Tinkergarten with Bethany
Join me for a FREE Tinkergarten class! 🙌Fall season is right around the corner, and now is your chance to experience the engaging outdoor learning kids do at Tinkergarten… for free!
We’ll be making stone soup—a sweet way for kids to collaborate, get creative and connect to the nature around them. Plus, at Tinkergarten, the whole family connects to new friends—join the fun!County Farm Park, Ann Arbor. www.tinkergarten.com/leaders/bethany.westrick. Free. email@example.com. www.tinkergarten.com/leaders/bethany.westrick.
“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.
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.
Foster Care Regional Resource Team Informational Session: Ann Arbor District Library.
Staff from the Judson Center, an organization that helps youth in the foster care system, answer questions and provides information for prospective foster parents. 1–2:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Multi-Purpose Room. Free. 327-4200.
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.
“Muslims of the Midwest”: U-M Global Islamic Studies Center.
Indiana University liberal arts professor Edward E. Curtis IV discusses how Ottoman Syrians made a home in the American Midwest. 4–6 p.m., 1200 Chemistry Dow Lab, 930 University. Free. ii.umich.edu/islamicstudies.
Open House: Ann Arbor City Club.
A chance to learn about and sign up for the various interest groups and other opportunities offered at the club. Also, tour the historic home, if you’d like. Hors d’oeuvres. 4–6 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. Free. AnnArborCityClub.org, 662-3279, ext. 1.
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.
"STILL" - new paintings by Jaye Schlesinger: Gallery 22 North
“MFA Faculty Flash Reading”: U-M Residential College.
U-M faculty members read their poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Readers include Linda Gregerson, Aisha Sabatini Sloan, Cody Walker, Jacinda Townsend, Julie Buntin, Aaron Coleman, and Gabe Habash. 5:30–6:30 p.m., UMMA, Stern Auditorium, 525 S. State. Also online at https://tinyurl.com/ZellWriters. Free. email@example.com.
“Altar/Alter”: Graduate Hotels Sweet Dreams Society.
Experiential art work by Yen Azzaro that invites participants to take a ritual walk to an ornate altar and pay tribute to Asian American and Pacific Islanders who have been affected by racist violence in recent years. 6-8 p.m., Graduate Hotel, Terrace Ballroom, 615 E. Huron St. Free. Preregistration required at bit.ly/grad-altar-alter. 769-2200.
“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.
“Suds on the River”: Huron River Watershed Council Fundraiser.
This festive, laid-back evening features food from area restaurants, live acoustic music around a campfire, fly fishing demos, and an array of beers from microbreweries in the Huron River watershed, including Arbor Brewing, Jolly Pumpkin, Blue Tractor, Grizzly Peak, Bløm Meadworks, and more. Age 21 & over only. 6–9 p.m., Delhi Metropark, 3902 East Delhi Rd. $125 per person (members, $100) in advance hrwc.org/donate/suds or 769–5123.
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.
“A Death on W Street”: Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.
ProPublica investigative reporter Andy Kroll discusses (via Zoom) his latest book, a deep dive into the fatal 2016 shooting of Democratic National Committee worker Seth Rich, and the many right-wing conspiracy theories that emerged in the absence of an arrest. 7 p.m., for URL see literatibookstore.com/event/2022-09. Free. 585–5567.
“After Ever Happy”: Fathom Events.
(Castille Landon, 2022). 4th and final installment in the After series of romantic dramas in which a long-suffering young couple finally come to terms with their relationship. 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.
“Singing for Comfort”: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.
Layla Ananda leads, via Zoom, songs that are easy to learn and sing. No experience necessary. 7–8:30 p.m., for URL see InterfaithSpirit.org. Free, donations appreciated. 327–0270.
“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.
Huron Hills Lapidary & Mineral Society.
Members show and tell of rock hunting adventures over the summer. 7 p.m., West Side United Methodist Church social hall, 900 S. Seventh St. Free. 665–5574.
Josef Deas Trio: Blue LLama Jazz Club
JOSEF DEAS was born in Mannheim, Germany but grew up in Ann Arbor, MI with friends and musical collaborators Zach Saginaw (Shigeto) and Charles Tillinghast (Charles Trees). Saxophonist Marcus Elliot says, “Josef is just one of those vital connectors—everybody who’s played jazz in SE Michigan knows him.”314 S. Main St , Ann Arbor. Pre-Pay Cover at opentable.com. $20. email@example.com. bluellamaclub.com. 734-372-3200.
Live Trivia at Bløm Mead + Cider: Bløm Meadworks
Every Thurs. Free live trivia every Thursday with Sporcle! Two one-hour-long games, every Thursday (7pm & 8pm) with a $15 gift card for first place and a $10 gift card for second place. 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. firstname.lastname@example.org. https://www.drinkblom.com/events. 734-548-9729.
“National Theatre Live: Straight Line Crazy.”: Michigan Theater
Live broadcast of a National Theatre (London) production of David Hare’s 2022 play, a searing critique of the mid-20th-century master builder and charismatic political manipulator Robert Moses, played with simmering rage by Ralph Fiennes. Moses has been both celebrated and reviled for significantly changing the public spaces of New York City. His aggressive highway and parks expansion both connected city dwellers to the outdoors and did long-term damage to communities of color and the city’s public transit system. 7:30 p.m. $22 ($18 UMS members).
7:30 p.m. $22 ($18 UMS members). Michigan Theater. Mask and proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within 72 hours) required for all patrons over the age of 12. For updated schedule, see MichTheater.org.
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, email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 812–6375 (Tues.).
Sofia Talvik LIVE at Acoustic Routes at Stony Lake brewing Co: Acoustic Routes
Starting early August, Swedish Folk/Americana artist Sofia Talvik is finally going on the road with her album Paws of a Bear. As the world has been on hold for 2 years, so has her chance to play her new songs, released shortly before the pandemic hit, cancelling the two big release tours planned for 2020. For all the fans that have been waiting patiently, she is now mixing re-scheduled tour dates with new venues and music series all around the mid-west and north-east.
Armed with her breathtaking new album as well as some unreleased songs she’s taking her Winnebago Warrior Lil’Chief on a spin in early Fall, starting in Alabama, and going all the way up to the Canadian border in Michigan, and Maine, before doing a loop around New England and down to New Jersey.
”I hope I get to see some beautiful Fall colors on this tour”, says Sofia who did a similar tour in 2018. ”I’m looking forward to coming back to some favorite venues, as well as some new ones, but most of all I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of friendly faces. The online shows I did during the pandemic certainly fit a purpose, but I prefer to be able to see my audience in the room with me.”
Some of the stops include Porcupine Mountains Music Festival, The Buskirk-Chumley Theatre in Bloomington, IN and The Cultural Center of Cape Cod. True to her art, Talvik is keeping her shows intimate and personal, not unlike the 70's coffeehouses and speakeasy's. You will be up close and personal with a world class act that has played big festivals like Lollapalooza and SxSW and opened for artists like Maria McKee and David Duchovny (X-files, Californication). It is in this kind of setting where she can casually joke and communicate with the audience that her strength as a performer shines the most.
"Paws of a Bear, finds Talvik taking a more Americana-flavored approach -- influenced by Jason Isbell, Valerie June and others” - Billboard Magazine447 E Michigan Ave , Saline, MI. https://checkout.square.site/buy/C7HXJQF5KZIDSSYWZM6DFGXU. 15. email@example.com. https://www.facebook.com/acousticsaline/.
Thollem/Alwin/Michalowski Trio: Kerrytown Concert House.
Acclaimed avant-jazz and post-classical composer-keyboardist Thollem McDonas (also lead singer of the Italian agit-punk band Tsigoti) is joined by local bass clarinetist & saxophonist (and Observer contributor) Piotr Michalowski and local cellist (and Ann Arbor Public Schools orchestra director) Abby Alwin in a program of originals and improvisations they call radical chamber music. 8 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.