Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in October 2022
October 23, 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.
Blushing (Austin), Lucid Express (Hong Kong) w/ The Fever Haze: The Blind Pig
Blushing (Austin), Lucid Express (Hong Kong) w/ The Fever Haze
The Blind Pig
208 South 1st St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Spook-A-Thon: Dance Marathon at The University of Michigan
October is here, and that means DMUM's annual Halloween event is just around the corner! On Sunday, October 23rd, from 2-5pm at Ingalls Mall, DMUM will be suiting up in our best costumes to celebrate Halloween with DMUM Families and children of Ann Arbor of all ages! At this year's event, look forward to trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving, a family costume red carpet, countless Halloween-themed crafts and activities (some led by our amazing therapists themselves!), and fun spooky vibes all around! Miss Michigan herself and numerous University of Michigan students athletes will also be in attendance to take pictures and hang out with your kiddos!1. Visit DMUM.ORG/Events . $0.
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.
“Monster Ann Arbor Record & CD Collector’s Show”: Rerun Records.
Popular fair with more than 50 dealers from a half dozen states selling rare and collectible used records and CDs, as well as hard-to-find new releases. Includes every popular music genre, along with rock music books, rock videos, posters, and assorted popular culture memorabilia. Food and beverages for sale. Patrons may bring in a small number of records to sell. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Weber’s Inn, 3050 Jackson Rd. $3 regular admission (children age 10 & under, free); $15 early bird admission. For information or to reserve a dealer table, contact Rod Branham at email@example.com or 604–2540.
“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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 661–3575.
Huron Gun Collectors.
Oct. 22 & 23. About 100 dealers and collectors offer guns, knives, ammunition, and other hunting equipment for sale, including antiques and collectibles. Youth age 17 & under must be accompanied by an adult. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (Sat.) & 10 a.m.–3 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. Admission $5 (kids age 12 & under, free). (517) 546–4710.
“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.
46th Annual Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair: Ann Arbor Antiquarian Booksellers Association.
One of the country’s top regional antiquarian fairs, up to 40 dealers from 12 states offering manuscripts, vintage photos and prints, antique maps, and a wide array of old, rare, curious, and fine books, including first editions, collectible children’s books, and books on Michigan history, travel, cookbooks, and more. Admission charge benefits the U-M Clements Library. 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Michigan Union Ballroom. $5 donation. annarborbookfair.com, 995–1891.
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.
Remodelers Home Tour: Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor.
Oct. 22 & 23. A chance to tour several newly remodeled local homes. 11 a.m.–5 p.m., various locations. $10 in advance at a2tix.com/events/remodelers-home-tour-10-22-2022 (age 16 & under, free). Tickets (cash or check only) and maps available at any of the tour houses listed at bragannarbor.net/remodelers-home-tour. 996–0100.
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.
“Dancing Babies”: Ann Arbor District Library.
Oct. 8 (1:45 p.m.) & 23 (11:15 a.m.). Local music teachers Momo Kajiwara (Oct. 8) & Robin Robinson (Oct. 23) lead infants through 5 year olds (accompanied by an adult) in a program of music and movement. AADL Pittsfield (Oct. 8) & AADL Westgate (Oct. 23). Free. 327–4200.
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.
“Chesstastic”: Ann Arbor District Library.
Adults and kids ages 5 and up invited to stop in for a game of chess with other players of all skill levels. Noon-2 p.m., AADL Traverwood. Free. 327-4200.
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.
“Tree Town Stomp”: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.
Oct. 21–23. A weekend of contras and waltzes with callers Adina Gordon and Laurie Pietravalle and live music by The Free Raisins and The Luke Panning Quintet. Bring clean indoor shoes. 8–11:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (Sat.), & 12:30–3:30 p.m. (Sun.), Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). Mask, proof of vaccination, and release of liability required. $25–30 per session (age 25 & under, $15-25); weekend pass $80 (members, $75; age 24 & under, $30). firstname.lastname@example.org, (517) 230–7714.
“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.
“Critter House Open Hours”: Leslie Science & Nature Center.
Oct. 9 & 23. A chance to view LSNC birds of prey and Critter House animals, which include frogs, turtles, snakes, and other species native to Michigan. 1–4 p.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver. $5 suggested donation ($20/family). LesliesNC.org, 997–1553.
“Family Day: The Buzz on Sweet Foods”: U-M Natural History Museum.
Oct. 23 (1–4 p.m.). Museum staff and U-M researchers lead a hands-on exploration of sugar and all things sweet. Games and a take-home comic book. For ages 5-12 with adult caregivers. Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764–0478.
Handmade Toy Food: Carrots: Ann Arbor District Library.
The chance for adults to learn how to hand sew adorable toy food items. Materials provided. 1–2 p.m., AADL Pittsfield. Free. 327–4200.
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.
“Organize Like an Archivist”: Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County.
Livestream talk by professional genealogist Nancy Loe. Followed at 3:15 p.m. by a talk by club member Paula Stuart-Warren on “Michigan: An Upper Midwest Researcher’s Dream.” 1:30 p.m., for URL email info@WashtenawGenealogy.org. Free.
“A Midsummer Night's Dream”: Father Gabriel Richard Drama Club.
Oct. 20-23. Elizabeth Champion directs high school students in Shakespeare’s popular comic romance about the misadventures of a group of mortals who wander unwittingly into the midst of a power struggle between the king and the queen of fairies. 7 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Whitmore Lake High School, 7430 Whitmore Lake Rd. Tickets $10 (kids, $5; families, $30). email@example.com.
“In the Shadow of the Volcanoes”: Southeast Michigan Bromeliad Society.
Long-time Bromeliad Society International member Betty Patterson speaks about her 2001 trip, sponsored by the National Geographic Society, to study the flora of the Condor Mountains in Ecuador. 2 p.m., Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Road. Free.
“Pumpkin Carving Party”: Hudson Mills Metropark.
All invited to carve pumpkins and enjoy cider and donuts. Refreshments. 2–3 p.m., Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $6 (children under 2, free) includes a pumpkin. Preregistration required at bit.ly/hudsonpumpkin2022 by 4 p.m. 3 days before the program. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426–8211.
“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.
“Who Needs Adaptations?”: Waterloo Natural History Association.
WNHA and Science Alive (Waterford, MI) naturalists discuss and show examples, using live animals, of the amazing adaptations animals have developed to avoid predators and find food. 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.
Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild.
All invited to listen to guild members swap stories or bring their own to tell. 2–4 p.m., Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave., 3rd floor. Mask encouraged. Livestream available via Zoom. Free. Preregistration required at annarborstorytelling.org.
Open House: Maker Works.
All invited to take a tour, see tool demonstrations, hear about accessibility initiatives, and meet some of the group’s makers, who are tradespeople, skilled workers, artists, hobbyists, and more. In celebration of this member-based workshop’s 11th anniversary. 2–5 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Mask required. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, 222–4911.
Paper Airplanes: Ann Arbor District Library.
Adults and kids 5 & up invited to learn about aerodynamics while testing out a number of paper airplane designs from the iconic Dart to the V-Wing. 2–3 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327–4200.
Sunday Drop-In Tour: U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.
Docent Dottie Sims leads a tour focusing on the status and roles of women in various ancient societies and the kinds of work they did to contribute to their communities. 2–3 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764–9304.
Tiny Pie Magnets: Ann Arbor District Library.
Adults and kids ages 13 & up invited to make miniature pie magnets. 3–4 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek. Free. 327-4200.
“The Complete Organ Works of J.S. Bach”: U-M Music School.
Oct. 9 & 23. Part of a series of 18 concert in which U-M organ professor James Kibbie performs all of Bach’s 281 surviving organ works. Program: Concerto in D Minor, Trio Sonata II in C Minor, Prelude and Fugue in C Major, Chorales from Clavierübung Vol. 3, Chorales from the Neumeister Collection, and recently authenticated Chorales. Preceded at 3:40 p.m. by a brief introduction to the program (3:40 p.m.). 4 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Blanche Anderson Moore Hall, 1100 Baits. For livestream see smtd.umich.edu. Free. 615–3204.
Band-O-Rama: U-M Music School.
The U-M Symphony Band, Concert Band, and Michigan Marching Band perform standards from the U-M songbook, as well as light classics, marches, and jazz-influenced works in celebration of U-M Homecoming. 4 p.m., Hill Auditorium. $8-$20 in advance at tickets.music.umich.edu and at the door. 764–0583.
"Hocus Pocus": Michigan Theater.
(Kenny Ortega, 1993). Children’s Halloween film that stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as a group of zany witches resurrected on Halloween night to wreak havoc in Salem, Massachusetts. 5 p.m.
"Hocus Pocus": Michigan Theater.
(Kenny Ortega, 1993). Children’s Halloween film that stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as a group of zany witches resurrected on Halloween night to wreak havoc in Salem, Massachusetts. 5 p.m. Michigan Theater. Mask and proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within 72 hours) required for all patrons over the age of 12. Tickets $10.50 unless otherwise noted (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8) in advance online (recommended) & at the door. For updated schedule, see MichTheater.org.
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.
Cocktail Class: Drinking the Decades: Tammy's Tastings
In my classes I often talk about the 1970s through 1990s as the dark ages of cocktails. But there were a few treasures in there, and then we came out the other side, into the cocktail renaissance. In this class we'll mix and sample cocktails from the last 50 years of drinking and learn how we went from Harvey Wallbangers to a craft cocktail bar in every town.
Your booking includes light snacks (pretzels, nuts). The Last Word is closed during the class, so no food service is available. The class includes a combination of history and stories, technique instruction, and hands-on making of cocktails. Plus sampling, of course! Total consumption is equivalent to 1.5-2 cocktails per person over the 90-120 minute class.301 W Huron St, Ann Arbor. https://www.tammystastings.com/events/in-person-drinking-the-decades-ann-arbor/. $59. firstname.lastname@example.org. tammystastings.com. 7342763215.
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.
Nadim Azzam and Chris DuPont: Northside Community Church.
Performances by local hip-hop singer-songwriter Azzam and folk-rock singer-songwriter DuPont to raise funds for Early College Alliance@EMU, a nonprofit organization that empowers college completion. 6 p.m., Northside Community Church, 929 Barton Drive. Free; donations accepted. ncca2.org/events, NorthsideCommunityA2@gmail.com, 649–7948.
“Sunday Evening Game Night”: Ann Arbor Adventure Club.
Every Sun. An evening of playing popular board games online. You help decide which game to play at the beginning of the night. Have a pencil and paper handy. 7 p.m., for URL email firstname.lastname@example.org. Free.
“May Erlewine: Tour for Two with Anthony da Costa”: Kerrytown Concert House.
The big-voiced singer-songwriter from Big Rapids performs her thoughtful, richly emotional country-flavored songs in an intimate evening with guitarist da Costa. 7:30 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Mask encouraged. $29-$45 (students, $19) in advance online and at the door. Livestream available at kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769–2999.
“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.
“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.