Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in October 2022
October 19, 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.
“Playgroups for Babies”: Ann Arbor District Library.
Every Mon.–Wed. For kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings. Mon. 10:30–11:30 a.m. (Malletts Creek), Tues. 11 a.m.–noon (Traverwood), Wed. 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. (Westgate). Free. 327–4200.
Magic: The Gathering Game Play: Sylvan Factory.
Every Sat., Mon., Wed., & Fri. All invited to play various forms of the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. 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. 6–9 p.m.), $10. Casual Commander, the most popular form of the game (Wed. 5–8 p.m.), free. Friday Night Magic rotating draft (Fri. 6–10 p.m.), cost varies. Prizes paid in store credit. Various times. Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium. email@example.com, 929–5877.
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.
Senior Naturalist Birding: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.
Oct. 19 (8–10 a.m.): With fall migration in full swing, WCPARC naturalists Elle Bogle and Kelsey Dehring lead participants age 55 & up on a morning bird walk to discover how enjoyable birdwatching can be. Bring binoculars if you have them, some are available for use. Whitmore Lake Preserve, 2000 Maple Hill Park Dr. Free. Space limited. Preregistration required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, 971–6337.
“Four Pillars of Cyber Security”: Ann Arbor Senior Center.
(Oct. 19, 9:30–10:30 a.m.) led by Clear Computing founder James Giordani, an older adult technology consultant. Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. Free. Preregistration required by calling 794–6250.
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.
Mind Matters Brain Games: Ann Arbor Senior Center.
Every Wednesday Via Zoom at bit.ly/a2braingame, passcode: 739714. Free. Check meeting status before coming. 794–6250
Painting Salon: Pittsfield Township Community Center
Painting Salon, no instructor, bring your own materials (Wed. 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.
“Tiny Tails Story Time”: Humane Society of Huron Valley.
Oct. 5, 12, 19, & 26 (10:30–11:30 a.m.). Stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats. For kids ages 2–5, accompanied by an adult. Tiny Lions Lounge, 5245 Jackson Rd., ste. A1. $7 per kid (babies under age 1, free). Preregistration required at tickettailor.com/events/hshv, email@example.com, 661–3575.
Joel Schoenhals: Society for Musical Arts.
EMU piano professor Schoenhals performs 3 Chopin works: Polonaise, Fantasie-Impromptu and a nocturne and a waltz TBA. Also Navajo composer Connor Chee’s 2021 work, Sand Paintings, commissioned by Schoenhals. Followed by a meet-the-artist lunch ($15). 10:30 a.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $17 (accompanying friend, $15; groups of 5 or more, $10 each; students with ID, $5) in advance at annarborsma.org & at the door. Lunch reservations required by calling Debbie Ash at 995–4417. annarborsma.org.
Chime Concert: Kerrytown Market & Shops.
Every Sat., Wed., & Fri. 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. 10:30–11 a.m. (Sat.) & Noon–12:30 p.m. (Fri. & Wed.). Kerrytown Market. Free. ofGlobal@aol.com.
Congressional Update”: AAUW–Ann Arbor.
Talk by Michigan congresswoman Debbie Dingell, who represents Ann Arbor. 12:30 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. Free. (844) 973–6287.
“A2SC Trivia Live!”: Ann Arbor Senior Center.
All invited to form (or join) a team of 4 or 5 persons to compete in a 2-round online trivia contest. Questions geared towards ages 55 & up, but all ages welcome. Prizes (pickup only). Online at bit.ly/a2seniortrivia, passcode: 194912. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, 794–6250.
Bingo: Pittsfield Township Community Center
Bingo, $1 per card (Wed. 1-2:30 p.m.). Pittsfield Township Community Center (701 W. Ellsworth, 822-2120, recreation.pittsfield-mi.gov). Free. Check meeting status before coming.$1 per card.
“Finding Cosmic Inflation”: U-M Physics Department Ta-You Wu Lecture.
Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics (Germany) director Eiichiro Komatsu discusses how recent advances in the study of cosmic microwave background radiation have advanced our understanding of the origin of the Universe. 4–5 p.m., Rackham Amphitheatre. Free. 764–4437.
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.
“West Side Nite Ride”: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.
Every Wed. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 10 to 30 miles, along the B2B Trail to Hudson Mills Metropark and/or Dexter Huron Metropark with a possible visit to the Dexter Dairy Queen. This ride is a favorite with newcomers and casual riders. 5 p.m. sharp, meet at Forest Lawn Cemetery parking lot, corner of Broad & Grand, Dexter. Free. 426–5116.
Board Game Night: Bløm Meadworks.
Every Wed. All invited to play popular board games. “Board Game Guru” on hand to answer questions. 5–8 p.m., Bløm, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free. 548–9729.
Food Truck Rally: Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market.
Food trucks and live music by Tim Berla & Relics of the Future. Berla is a veteran local singer-songwriter who writes quirky jazz & country tunes. 5–8 p.m., Farmers Market. Free admission. 794–6255.
Button Lab: Ann Arbor District Library.
The chance for adults and kids ages 12 and up to use AADL button makers to make pinback buttons to stick on coats, bags, and such. 6–7:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327–4200.
Drinks & History Walking Tour: Tammy's Tastings
On this walking tour you’ll discover how Ann Arbor was founded, learn about the rise and fall of the city’s red light district, find out what happened that time the Nazis came to town, and even hear a ghost story or two. Along the way we’ll make three stops for drinks. Cocktails wouldn’t exist without spirits, so our tour begins at Ann Arbor Distilling Company, which makes artisan products from Michigan ingredients. You’ll spend some time learning about distillation and sampling their products in the tasting room before venturing on to explore one of Ann Arbor’s best bars and a maker of amazing ciders and session meads.Ann Arbor. https://www.tammystastings.com/events/drinks-history-walking-tour/. $50. email@example.com. tammystastings.com. 7342763215.
Hot Club Wednesday: Lovestruck Balladeers: North Star Lounge
The Lovestruck Balladeers enchant audiences with their masterful performances and inspired repertoire of ragtime, jazz and beautiful songs from around the world.
CONCERTS AT 6:00 & 9:00 PM301 N. Fifth Ave, Ann Arbor. https://www.nstarlounge.com/tickets/p/lovestruckballadeers. $20. firstname.lastname@example.org. nstarlounge.com.
John U. Bacon: Literati Bookstore/Ann Arbor District Library.
This award-winning local sports journalist discusses The Greatest Comeback: How Team Canada Fought Back, Took the Summit Series, and Reinvented Hockey, his new book about a 1972 contest between the Canadian and Russian national hockey teams. 6:30 p.m., AADL Downtown, 343 South Fifth Ave. Free. 585–5567.
"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.).
Ann Arbor Bridge Club.
Every Wed. (except Oct. 12). All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. Bring a partner if you can. If you plan to come without a partner, call in advance or arrive 20 minutes early. No refreshments. 7–10:30 p.m., Walden Hills clubhouse, 2114 Pauline east of Maple. (Park in the designated spaces in the lot on the north side of Pauline.) $6 per person. 945–6021.
Channeled Spiritual Talk and Discussion: Deep Spring Center.
All invited to share their spiritual and metaphysical questions via Zoom. The evening is led by Aaron, a “being of light” channeled by Barbara Brodsky, who offers a talk on a variety of spiritual practices. Q & A. 7–9 pm, deepspring.org/programs. Free, donations accepted.
Gwenyth Hayes: Blue LLama Jazz Club
Bassist and Vocalist GWENYTH HAYES’s hybrid reinterpretations give due respect to classic songs and soul covers from many genres and eras. They center around her sultry voice, groove-oriented bass lines and tight instrumental arrangements.314 S. Main St , Ann Arbor. Pre-Pay Cover at opentable.com. $10. email@example.com. bluellamaclub.com. 734-372-3200.
Every Wed. All crocheters, knitters, spinners, weavers, felters, sewers, and other crafters invited to work on their own projects with others. Questions welcome, help available. 7 p.m. or so, for URL join facebook.com/groups/KTCrafters. Free. 926–8863.
Meditation & Discussion: Ann Arbor Karma Thegsum Chöling.
Every Wed. All are invited for a dharma discussion. The program begins with a group meditation. 7–8 p.m., 614 Miner (enter through back door). Mask required. Also livestream; for URL see annarborktc.org. Free. 678–7549.
“Nerd Nite A2”: Ann Arbor District Library.
Popular monthly event featuring several speakers TBA (at annarbor.nerdnite.com) who give fun yet informative 20-minute talks about things that interest them, everything from the science of solar cells to the genealogy of Godzilla. 7:30 p.m., York, 1928 Packard. Free. 327–4200.
“Raptors in Flight”: Washtenaw Audubon Society.
Brigham Audubon Society (Battle Creek) president Josh Haas, co-owner of Glances at Nature Photography and Birding Tours, discusses identification of raptors. Also, Haas shares his photos of these birds. 7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Livestream available. For URL, see washtenawaudubon.org/events. Free; metered parking.
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra: University Musical Society.
Fiery Lithuanian conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla leads this renowned UK orchestra, for which until recently she was music director, in “Four Sea Interludes” from Britten’s opera Peter Grimes, Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor (with the celebrated 23-year-old British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason), Debussy’s La Mer, and contemporary English composer Thomas Adès’ symphony based on his Luis Bunuel-inspired opera The Exterminating Angel. 7:30 p.m. Hill Auditorium. Tickets $14–$66 ($12–20 students) in advance at tickets.ums.org, at the Michigan League, and (if available) at the door. 764–2538.
Open Rehearsal: The Arbor Consort.
Every Wed. All singers invited to rehearse with this semi-professional a cappella ensemble that performs Renaissance and Victorian-era music in period dress. The official madrigal group of the Michigan Renaissance Festival. 7:30–9:30 p.m., Dixboro United Methodist Church, 5221 Church Rd. Free. TheArborConsort.org.
Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.
Every Wed. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner or experience needed. Wear comfortable low grip/tread shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lesson. 8–10 p.m., check facebook.com/groups/swingannarbor for U-M campus location. Mask and proof of vaccination (with booster) required. $5 (free for members and those who attend the lesson). swingannarbor.com.