Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in October 2022
October 16, 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.
“Science Forum Demos”: U-M Museum of Natural History.
Every Sat. & Sun. (except Oct. 9 & 23). Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demo for age 5+. “Shedding Light on Magnets” (11 a.m.) explores magnetism, magnetic fields, and what magnets have to do with cell phones. “Out of the Water and Back Again: A Whale’s Tale” (3 p.m.) explores the amazing evolutionary history of whales and other creatures. Various times, MNH, 1105 North University. Free. 764–0478.
Museum Highlight Tours: U-M Museum of Natural History.
Every Sat. & Sun. (except Oct. 9 & 23). 30–minute tour of the museum’s exhibits and galleries, as well as an introduction to some current U-M Biological Sciences research projects. Noon & 2 p.m., MNH, 1105 North University. Free. Limited capacity. Sign up at the welcome desk. 764–0478.
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.
Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.
Oct. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 30. All invited to help maintain natural areas and remove invasive plants in various city parks. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes and bring heavy gloves; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance. Oct. 1 (9 a.m.–noon): Buttonbush Nature Area, park entrance at the end of Hickory Point Dr. Oct. 1 (1–4 p.m.): Dhu Varren Nature Area, intersection of Birchwood Dr. and Dhu Varren Rd. Oct. 2 (9 a.m.–noon): Berkshire Creek Nature Area, end of Warwick Rd. off Glenwood, north of Washtenaw Ave. Oct. 2 (1–4 p.m.): Huron Parkway Nature Area, park steward’s house at 3470 Woodland Rd., off East Huron River Dr. Oct. 8 (9 a.m.–noon): Barton Nature Area, Barton Dam parking lot on Huron River Dr. Oct. 9 (9 a.m.–noon): Bandemer Nature Area, parking lot at the end of Lake Shore Dr., off Main St. Oct. 15 (9 a.m.–noon): Redbud Nature Area, park entrance at the intersection of Parkwood Ave. and Jeanne St. Oct. 16 (9 a.m.–noon): Folkstone Park, park entrance at the north end of Folkstone Ct. Oct. 22 (9 a.m.–noon): Stapp Nature Area, meet at the park sign at the corner of Huron Parkway and Tuebingen Parkway. Oct. 23 (1–4 p.m.): Bird Hills Nature Area, Newport Rd. Parking lot entrance, just north of M-14. Oct. 30 (1–4 p.m.): Kuebler Langford Nature Area, meet at the park entrance on Beechwood Dr., north of Sunset Rd. Various times and locations. Free. Preregistration highly recommended. bit.ly/a2stewardworkday, 794–6627.
“Rescue Reading”: Humane Society of Huron Valley.
Every Sun. (10–11:30 a.m.). Kids read to adoptable animals to work on reading skills, using their own or provided books. Also, a group read-aloud and a dog meet-and-greet. For kids ages 6–11. No adults. HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $15. Preregistration required at tickettailor.com/events/hshv, email@example.com, 661–3575.
“Ancient Wisdom. Modern Times”: Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center Sunday Talks.
Every Sun. Livestream talks by Jewel Heart resident spiritual advisor Demo Rinpoche, followed by a discussion facilitated by Jewel Heart staffers. Once a month, Demo Rinpoche presents a story from Jakata Tales, the Indian canon of 547 poems, dated 300 BC–400 AD, that concern the previous births of Gautama Buddha in both human and animal form. The Oct. 2 topic is “The Prince from the Iron House,” a tale about enthusiasm for morality. 11 a.m., for URL preregister at bit.ly/jeweldharmatalk. Free. 994–3387.
Blast Corn Maze: Nixon Farms.
Every Fri.–Sun., Sept. 18–Nov. 6. A large corn maze with 3.5 miles of trails and 3 exits to allow for routes of various lengths. Also, a U-pick pumpkin patch, hayrides, petting zoo, pedal cars, straw maze, yard games. Family Fun Day (Oct. 8) includes live music from the Saline Fiddlers. On Halloween Spooktacular Day (Oct. 30) costumes are encouraged. 5 p.m.–10 p.m. (Fri.), 11 a.m.–10 p.m. (Sat.), 11 a.m.–8 p.m. (Sun.), Nixon Farms, 6175 Daly Rd., Dexter. $12 (ages 5–12, $9; age 4 & under, free). BlastCornMaze.com.
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.
Open Studios / Sale: John and Candace Compton Pappas
Artists Candace Compton Pappas and John Pappas are hosting an open studio(s)/sale at their home in Chelsea. Experience an outdoor installation along a wooded path as well as paintings, drawings, objets d’art, and letterpress notecards available in the studios.19600 Island Lake Rd., Chelsea. NA. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org. http://comptonpappas.com. 7343304532.
Sunday Artisan Market.
Every Sun. Juried market of local handmade arts and crafts, now in its 31st year. Halloween Sunday (Oct. 30), trick-or-treating, with costumes encouraged. 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Farmers Market Pavilion, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913–9622.
Every Sun. All invited to a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Note: Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave. 11:15 a.m., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot (or occasionally across the street). Free. HAC-UltimateList@GoogleGroups.com, 846–9418.
“Trade Throughout the Ancient World”: U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology Family Day.
Oct. 16 (Noon–3 p.m.). Kid-friendly docent led tours of the museum collection highlighting ancient Mediterranean trade routes and how money was used in the ancient world. Also, hands-on activities for kids of all ages. Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304.
“Trick or Treat on the River”: Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation.
All invited to paddle Gallup Pond to enjoy the fall colors and gather candy from costumed characters at stops along the way. Paddlers encouraged to come in costume. Kids must be at least a year old. Call ahead if rain is forecasted. Noon–5 p.m., Gallup Park canoe livery, 3000 Fuller Rd. $22 per boat. a2gov.org/trickortreat, 794–6240.
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. email@example.com, 929–5877. sylvanfactory.com/event-schedule.
“Creature Encounters”: The Creature Conservancy.
Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off some animals native to South America (2 & 4 p.m.), including a two-toed sloth, a three-banded armadillo, a black & white tegu (a large lizard). Also, a chance to see the conservancy’s other animals and, weather permitting, a boa constrictor presentation and feeding (3 p.m.). 1–5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. Mask encouraged. $13 (kids ages 2–12, $11; under age 2, free) at the door; $1 discount for advance purchase at thecreatureconservancy.org. 929–9324.
“Dinosaur Art: Jurassic Landscapes”: Ann Arbor District Library.
Oct. 16 (1–2 p.m.). The chance for kids ages 5–12 to make a prehistoric collage out of layered paper. AADL Traverwood. Free. 327–4200.
Drawing for Kids: Ann Arbor District Library.
Virtual demonstration by AADL staffers showing kids how to draw spooky bats. Requires a sheet of paper, pencil, eraser, black ink pens, markers, and a ruler. 1-1:30 p.m., AADL.TV. Free. 327-4200.
Native Plant Swap: Washtenaw County Conservation District.
All invited to bring extra native plants, labeled with species or common name, to exchange. Also, bring gloves and a trowel if you’d like to help weed and plant in the library garden. 1–2:30 p.m., Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti. washtenawcd.org, 302–8715.
Sharon Mills Open House: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.
Oct. 16 & 23. Docent-led tours of this park on the River Raisin that features an operational hydroelectric generator, a multicolored stone house, a wooden mill, and a disused winery. 1–4 p.m., Sharon Mills Park, 5701 Sharon Hollow Rd., Manchester. Free. 971–6337.
Tour: Kempf House Museum.
Oct. 2, 9, 16, & 23. Guided tours of this restored 19th-century Greek Revival home, named for the family of German American musicians who occupied it circa 1900. 1–4 p.m., Kempf House, 312 S. Division. Free, donations accepted. 994–4898.
“Bats, Hibernation, and White-Nose Syndrome”: Waterloo Natural History Association.
Bat expert Allen Kurta discusses Michigan’s nine species of bat. 2–3 p.m., Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Chelsea. $2 (families, $5). Preregistration required by calling 475–3170; space limited to 50. $12 Michigan recreation passport ($17 at the gate) required.
“Remembering Wholeness: Darshan with The Mother”: Deep Spring Center.
All invited to ask spiritual and metaphysical questions of the Mother, a “being” channeled by Barbara Brodsky. Q & A. 2–5 pm, deepspring.org/programs. Free, donations accepted.
“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.
“The Crucible”: EMU Theatre Department.
“The Crucible”: EMU Theatre Department. Oct. 14–16 & 21–23. Lee Stille directs EMU students in a performance of the Arthur Miller classic 1953 drama, set during the Salem Witch Trials, that’s widely seen as an allegory for McCarthyism. When a minister’s flirtatious daughter exacts a stinging revenge after a run-in with her employer's jealous wife, an entire community is engulfed by paranoia and mutual recrimination. 7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Legacy Theater, 124 Judy Sturgis Hill Bldg., Ford St. (off Lowell from Huron River Dr.), Ypsilanti. Tickets $12–18 in advance at EMUtix.com & at the door. 487–2282.
Game Playtesting: Michigame Design Lab.
Oct. 2, 16, & 30. All invited to try out new board and card games from local designers and provide feedback. 2–6 p.m. Bløm Meadworks, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free, but purchase of food and drink encouraged. 548–9729.
Sutherland-Wilson Farmhouse Tour: Pittsfield Township Historical Society.
Guided tours of this historic 1832 farmstead. Exhibit of local artists’ work celebrating agriculture in the community. 2–5 p.m., Sutherland-Wilson Farm, 797 W. Textile Rd. Free. pittsfieldhistory.org, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trio Ghidorah: Kerrytown Concert House.
This classical guitar trio of Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY) grad students—Erik Gibelyou, Ken Luk, and Bernardo Marcondes—presents music from its debut CD Dances and Fantasies, a collection of works and original arrangements for 3 guitars, including propulsive Brazilian baiões, a Stravinsky tango, a Mozart minuet, and works by English Renaissance composer-lutenist John Dowland, Brazilian jazz composer Egberto Gismonti, and contemporary minimalist Philip Glass. 2 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Mask encouraged. $29–$50 (students, $19) in advance online and at the door. Livestream available at kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769–2999.
Drawing for Adults: Ann Arbor District Library.
AADL staffers lead a virtual demonstration of how to use oil pastels to draw a portrait with loose, gestural, and intuitive techniques. Requires a sheet of paper, oil pastels, a pencil, and eraser. 3–4 p.m., AADL.TV. Free. 327-4200.
"In the Heat of the Night": Fathom Events
Special screenings in local theaters. For updated schedule, see FathomEvents.com/events. $12.50 (unless otherwise noted) in advance online (recommended) & at the door. Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter, 973–8424), Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline, 316–5500). Different times. Oct. 16 & 19: “In the Heat of the Night” (Norman Jewison, 1967). Mystery about a Black police detective from Philadelphia who becomes involved in a murder investigation in small town Mississipi. Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger. 4 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m. (Wed.).
Wynton Marsalis: University Musical Society.
Tonight’s concert closes out a UMS residency (see Oct. 13–15 listings) for the legendary trumpeter, composer, and founder of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, with whom he shares the stage tonight. The youngest musician to enter the DownBeat Hall of Fame and the first jazz musician to win a Pulitzer, Marsalis leads his stalwart big band through selections from its extensive repertoire, which is heavy on both jazz standards and Marsalis’s straight-ahead original compositions. 4 p.m. Hill Auditorium. Tickets $14–$72 (students, $12–20) in advance at tickets.ums.org & at the Michigan League, and (if available) at the door. ums.org/wynton. 764–2538.
Ann Arbor Go Club.
Every Sun. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game in person. Game materials provided. 5 p.m. until whenever, Bill’s Beer Garden, 218 S. Ashley St., or Conor O’Neill’s, 318 Main St. Check Facebook page bit.ly/annarborgo or email Drew at email@example.com before coming. Free.
P.O.R.K. - Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings: Zal Gaz Grotto
10-piece early big band led by Chris Smith, specializing in music of the 1920s and 30s. Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver, Duke Ellington and other jazz legends are prominent in their repertoire. For listening or dancing. 5-8pm. $10 cover (cash).2070 W. Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor . cash at the door. $10. firstname.lastname@example.org. https://www.facebook.com/porkjazz . 248-446-0403.
Ann Arbor Morris.
Every Sun. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes. 6–8 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. Free. Email email@example.com or call 717–1569 in advance to confirm location.
“Wait Wait Don't Tell Me”: Ann Arbor Adventure Club.
Every Sun. An evening of playing popular board games online. This Sunday, a game for NPR nerds: "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me." Get ready to answer lightning fill-in-the-blanks, fake news quizzes, limericks, and more! Tom Gottsman fills in for Peter Sagal, Fabio steps in for Karl Cassell. Have a pencil and paper handy. 7 p.m., for URL email firstname.lastname@example.org. Free.
“Night Terrors”: Wiard’s Orchards.
Sept. 17, 23, & 24; every Fri.–Sun. in Oct. (except Oct. 2), & Oct. 31. Four different scary attractions—a haunted hayride and more—bristling with scores of costumed monsters. Refreshments available. Kids age 14 & under must be accompanied by an adult. 7:30–11:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 7:30–10:30 p.m. (Sun.), 5565 Merritt Rd., Ypsilanti. Ticket prices TBA. hauntedhousemichigan.com, 390–9212.
Ann Arbor Stamp Club.
Auction of club-owned U.S. and worldwide stamps and collector supplies. Also, staffing planning for the Ann Arbor Stamp Show and Exhibition in November. 7:30 p.m., Salvation Army, 100 Arbana (park & enter at the rear of the building), annarborstampclub.org. Free. email@example.com, 761–5859.
“The UnClub”: The Theater Shop.
Every Sun. Performances by aspiring and experienced comics from former Tonight Show staff writer Chili Challis’s comedy dojo. Emcee is Mark Sweetman. 8 p.m. The Ypsi Alehouse, 124 Pearl St., #100, Ypsilanti. Mask and vaccination encouraged. Free. facebook.com/thetheatershop.