Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in October 2022
October 13, 2022
“Pickleball”: Purple Rose Theatre Company.
Every Wed.–Sun., Sept. 30–Dec. 17. Rhiannon Ragland directs the world premiere of actor-playwright (and Purple Rose founder) Jeff Daniels’ comedy about America’s fastest growing sport. Four below-average players try to overcome their own limitations to achieve greatness in a game that has nothing to do with pickles. Daniels’ wife became addicted to the game, which Daniels described in a 2021 interview as “half-court basketball for elderly people.” Cast: Ryan Carlson, Kate Thomsen, Lynch Travis, Jonathan West, and Caitlin Cavannaugh. 3 p.m. (Wed., Thurs., & Sat.), 8 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.). Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $34–$52 in advance at PurpleRoseTheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433–7673.
Oct. 7–14. Week-long tech festival. Highlights: “Green Fair” (Oct. 7, 6–9 p.m., Downtown Main St. and Library Lot) showcasing eco-conscious local businesses and nonprofits. “Tech Talk” (Oct. 14, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Michigan Theater), a series of TED Talk-style presentations. “A2 Tech Trek and Mobility Row” (Oct. 14, 1–5 p.m., Washington between Fifth Ave. & S. Division, preregistration required at a2tech360.com/events/a2-tech-trek-2022), a showcase of mobility innovations ranging from self-driving shuttles to robotics. Various times & locations. Free. a2tech360.com.
Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.
Every Mon.–Fri. Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2–5 (with caregiver). Mon. 10:30 a.m. (Pittsfield), Tues. 11 a.m. (Downtown), Wed. 10:30 a.m. (Malletts Creek), Thurs. 11 a.m. (Traverwood), Fri. 1 p.m. & Oct. 11, 7 p.m. (Westgate). Free. 327–4200.
U-M Museum of Natural History Planetarium & Dome Theater.
Daily. 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, MNH, 1105 North University. $8. Limited capacity. 764–0478.
“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.
(Thurs. 9:30-11 a.m.). Flower arranging salon, no instructor. 701 W. Ellsworth, 822–2120, recreation.pittsfield-mi.gov). Free. Check meeting status before coming.
“Cavanaugh Lake Ride”: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.
Every Thurs. Moderate-paced ride, 20 to 30 miles, along the less-traveled roads west and north of Chelsea. 10 a.m. sharp, meet at Cavanaugh Lake County Park, 33 Cavanaugh Lake Rd., Chelsea. Free. 717-9583.
“Preschool Hike: Crow Made a Friend”: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.
Oct. 13 (10–11 a.m.). Kids ages 2–5 invited to join WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance at the Parker Log Cabin and learn about a surprisingly wonderful feathered friend, the American crow, and its family life. Caregiver must be present. Parker Mill County Park, 4650 Geddes Rd. Free. Preregistration required at bit.ly/wcprc2022 (activity #811003), firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Mobile Robot Marketing Guide: The Center for Digital Engagement at EMU
Get an in-depth look at the local robotics scene, and learn how industry leaders handle some of the challenges of marketing a product no one has heard of. Featuring CEOs of two robotics companies, Intermode and Bedestrian.215 West Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-mobile-robot-marketing-guide-tickets-393073562607?aff=ebdsoporgprofile. Free. email@example.com. https://centerfordigitalengagement.org/. (517) 395-3853.
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. On Sat. & Sun. for an extra charge, an apple cannon, paintball, apple or pumpkin picking, and other activities available. 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.
“Wynton Marsalis: School Day Performance”: University Musical Society.
As part of their week-long UMS residency (see 16 Sunday listing), acclaimed trumpeter Marsalis leads the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in a concert of big band music tailored for young audiences. Recommended for grades K–12. 11 a.m. Hill Auditorium. Free streaming viewing available at ums.org/performance/school-day-performance-jlco-2223. Tickets $7 in advance at tickets.ums.org,at the Michigan League, and (if available) at the door. 764–2538.
“Viva la Play! Sticks, Stones, and Mudpies”: Ann Arbor Farm & Garden.
U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens children’s garden engagement advocate Lee Smith Bravender discusses research on childhood outdoor play and replicable outdoor play environments. 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $23 includes lunch. $5 program only. Preregistration required at bit.ly/aafg-viva. 662–3279.
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.
Open Board Gaming: Sylvan Factory.
Every Sun. & Thurs. All invited to play new and old board games. Noon–6 p.m. (Sun.) & noon–4 p.m. (Thurs.), Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium Blvd. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, 929–5877. sylvanfactory.com/event-schedule.
U-M Center for Japanese Studies Lecture Series.
Oct. 6, 13, 20, & 27. Talks by visiting scholars. Oct. 6: Emory University anthropology professor Chikako Ozawa-de Silva on “The Anatomy of Loneliness: Suicide, Social Connection, and the Search for Relational Meaning in Contemporary Japan.” Oct. 13: University of California-Irvine Japanese environmental humanities professor Jon L. Pitt on “Becoming Marimo: The Curious Case of a Charismatic Algae and Imagined Indigeneity.” Oct. 20: Tokyo-based American film critic and translator Mark Schilling on “The Japanese Film Industry Today: Problems and Potential.” Oct. 27: University of Hawai’i-Manoa sociology professor Aya H. Kimura on “Tsukemono (Japanese Pickles) and Fermentation: Conversations on Bioeconomy and Sustainability.” Noon–1:30 p.m., 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764–6307.
“Refreshing”: First Baptist Church Ad Libitum Concert Series.
Heidelberg University (Tiffin, OH) violin professor Maria Bessmeltseva, a U-M grad, violinist Phoebe Gelzer-Govatos, and local pianist Shin-Ae Chun perform 18th-century French composer Jean-Marie Leclair’s Sonata No.5 for Two Violins, 20th-century Russian composer Reinhold Moritzevich Glière’s Duos for Two Violins, 19th-century French composer Jacques Féréol Mazas Duos for Two Violins, and Shostakovich’s Five Pieces for Two Violins and Piano. 12:15 p.m., 517 E. Washington. Free. fbca2.org, 663–9376.
Duplicate Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.
Every Tues., Thurs., & Fri. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge (Fri. & Tues.) or a 499er game (Thurs.). 1–4 p.m. or so (arrive by 12:45 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.
“Herb Celebration”: Ann Arbor District Library Recipe Share.
AADL staffers virtually share recipes using fresh herbs including mache salad with cucumber and mint, peas with feta and zhoug, and quinoa and garbanzo bean salad. 4–4:30 p.m., AADL.TV. Free. 327–4200.
“The Global Implications of the War in Ukraine”: U-M Weiser Center for Diplomacy.
Panel discussion by former ambassadors Susan Elliott, Robert Cekuta, Richard Boucher, and Ronald Neumann. 4–5:30 p.m., Weill Hall Annenberg Auditorium, 735 S. State. Free. 764–3490.
Racial Foundations of Public Policy: Health policy: Center for Racial Justice at the Ford School of Public Policy
Racial Foundations of Public Policy is a speaker series hosted by the Center for Racial Justice that focuses on the historical roots and impact of race in shaping public policy as both a disciplinary field and as a course of action. Through it, we bring in renowned scholar-experts from across the country to be in conversation with Dean Celeste Watkins-Hayes, the founding director of the Center for Racial Justice at the Ford School of Public Policy. The series is open to all members of the University of Michigan community and the wider public.735 S. State St. , Ann Arbor, MI. None. email@example.com. https://fordschool.umich.edu/event/2022/racial-foundations-public-policy-health-policy.
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.
Local Food Festival: Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovation
Live music, information tables, live, food and spirits featuring local ingredients for purchase. 5-10 p.m., Farmers Market Pavilion, Kerrytown. a2gov.org/localfoodfest. Free.free.
“Diet and Status in Roman Egypt: Evidence from Amheida in the Dakleh Oasis in the Western Desert”: U-M Classical Studies Department.
Talk by NYU archaeology professor Pam Crabtree. 5:30–7 p.m., 2175 Angell Hall. 435 State. Free. 764–0360.
“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.
Board Game Night at Venue: Hosted by Vault of Midnight.
Every 2nd Thursday. All invited to play popular board games, from easy to advanced. “Game gurus” on hand to answer questions. 6-9 p.m., Venue, 1919 S. Industrial Hwy. $5. Preregistration required at firstname.lastname@example.org.
James Carter Trio: Blue LLama Jazz Club
“To hear saxophonist JAMES CARTER is to be blown away,” (Washington Post). From moonlit ballads to funky workouts to the most cerebral kind of post-bop, in an intimate club or on a sprawling festival stage, the Detroit-born saxophone master can seem to deliver all of jazz history in a single set.314 S. Main St , Ann Arbor. Pre-Pay Dinner+Show at opentable.com. $85. email@example.com. bluellamaclub.com. 734-372-3200.
U-M Women’s Soccer vs. Northwestern.
The U-M also has home games this month against Rutgers (Oct. 20, 7 p.m.), and Indiana (Oct. 23, 1 p.m.). 6 p.m., U-M Soccer Stadium, 2250 S. State. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 per person), except Oct. 13, $1 & $8 (fan appreciation game). 764–0247.
“Adult Night”: Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.
All age 21 & up invited to feel like a kid again at a children’s birthday party-inspired celebration of the museum’s 40th birthday. Games, prizes, hands-on activities. Food and beverages. 6:30–9:30 p.m. AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Tickets $25/person ($20 members). Preregistration required at unityinlearning.org/events-1. 995–5439.
“Out of Esau”: Literati Bookstore.
Michigan writer Michelle Webster-Hein discusses her debut novel, a visceral look at the dynamics of an abusive marriage. It’s about a small town Michigan pastor who becomes involved with a woman who arrives at his church seeking the strength to stay true to her increasingly volatile husband. 6:30 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585–5567.
“WOOF! Doggie Tales”: Ann Arbor District Library.
Oct. 13 (6:30–7:30 p.m.). Kids ages 2-8 invited to listen to silly puppy tales and meet therapy dogs from Therapaws of Michigan. AADL Downtown. Free. 327–4200.
“A Difficult Archive: Reckoning with the University of Michigan's Complicity in the U.S. Colonization of the Philippines”: U-M Bentley Historical Library.
Talk by U-M history professor Deirdre de la Cruz. Followed by a discussion with U-M Detroit Observatory director Gary Krenz and Q&A. 7 p.m., Detroit Observatory, 1398 E. Ann. Livestream available. Preregistration required at detroitobservatory.umich.edu. Free. 764–3482.
“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.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org. https://www.drinkblom.com/events. 734-548-9729.
Piano Bar Thursday with Mr. B: North Star Lounge
Blues and boogie-woogie pianist Mark Lincoln Braun has become one of the premiere purveyors of a vanishing art. Having learned his craft first-hand from the early masters, he is a rare living link to the first generation of blues and boogie pianists.301 N. Fifth Ave, Ann Arbor. email@example.com. nstarlounge.com.
“Comedy Jamm”: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.
Every Thurs. Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served. 7:15 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance at etix.com and at the door. 996–9080.
“Sophisticated Ladies”: U-M Musical Theater Department.
Thurs.-Sun., Oct. 6–16. Torya Beard directs music students in Donald McKayle’s 1981 Broadway musical revue celebrating the music of the legendary jazz bandleader, Duke Ellington. With elaborate costumes and electric, swinging choreography to such tunes as “Take the ‘A’ Train,” “I’m Beginning to See the Light,” “Perdido,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing,” “In a Sentimental Mood,” and more. 7:30 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat except Oct. 7), 8 p.m. (Oct 7.), & 2 p.m. (Sun), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Tickets $29–$35 (students, $13) in advance at smtd.umich.edu and at the door. 764-0583.
Every Thurs. All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered. 7:30–9:30 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. facebook.com/DetroitIMA.
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.
Tony McManus: Stony Lake Brewing Acoustic Routes Concert.
This fleet-fingered, widely acclaimed Scottish guitar virtuoso, hailed by UK guitar legend John Renbourn as “the best Celtic guitarist in the world”, performs music influenced by a variety of Celtic musical traditions. 7:30 p.m., Stony Lake Brewing, 447 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. Reserve seats in advance at www.stonylakebrewing.com, $20 at the door. 316–7919.
“The Mummy Queen”: Penny Seats Theatre Company.
October 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 27, 28, & 29. Josie Eli Herman directs this popular local company in L.A.-based Michigan native Michael Alan Herman’s new play, adapted from Bram Stoker’s The Jewel of the Seven Stars, about 5 toney Victorians in an opulent hall who find themselves battling an ancient evil. Stars Allison Megroet, Julia Garlotte, Brittany Batell, Jeffrey Miller, Tim Pollack, and Matthew Cameron. Ages 15+. 8 p.m. Stone Chalet Inn, 1917 Washtenaw Ave. $15 (seniors 60+ $12). pennyseats.org, 926–5346.
Every Tues. & Thurs. All German speakers, native or non-native, invited for conversation with either or both of 2 long-running groups, the German Speakers Round Table (7:30 p.m. Tues.), and the A2 Stammtisch (8 p.m. Thurs.). 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.).
Whoa Silent Disco.
Oct. 6, 13, & 20. Dance party with tunes transmitted to dancer’s headphones (provided). 8–10 p.m., Liberty Plaza. Free. Preregistration required at whoasilentdisco.com.