Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in November 2022
November 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. 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.
Guided Walks: Matthaei Botanical Gardens.
Nov. 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, & 30. Walks organized around a theme. People of all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult) invited to explore the natural wonder of the grounds as the seasons change. Closed-toed shoes required. Severe weather cancels. Arrival 15 minutes before start time is recommended. Nov. 2 (5:30–6 p.m.): Animals and the Earth prepare for winter. Nov. 6 (1–2 p.m.): Plants and animals prepare for winter. Nov. 9 (5:30–6:30 p.m.): Aquatic organisms prepare for winter. Nov. 13 (1–2 p.m.): Where do aquatic animals go in winter? Nov. 16 (5:30–6:30 p.m.): Sounds of twilight. Nov. 30 (5:30–6:30 p.m.): Flashlight scavenger hunt. Free; metered parking. Front steps, Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. 647–7600.
Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week: Washtenaw Housing Alliance.
Nov. 13–19. A week of events to bring attention to hunger and homelessness. Highlights: The “State of Homelessness & Affordable Housing Symposium” (Nov. 15, 8:30–10:30 a.m., Morris Lawrence Building, WCC) includes a speech by CNN contributor Abdul El-Syed, author of Healing Politics: A Doctor’s Journey in the Heart of Our Political Epidemic. Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase fundraiser (see 17 Thursday listing) presents a set by Detroit comedian Andy Beningo. The week culminates with a Hustle for Housing March (Nov. 19, 10 a.m.–noon, starting at Liberty Plaza). Various times and places. 662–2829. annarborshelter.org/homelessness-and-affordable-housing.
Magic: The Gathering: Sylvan Factory.
Every Tues., Wed., Fri., Sat., & Mon. All invited to play various forms of the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. MTG Pauper, a fun and fast format for all skill levels (Tues. 6–9 p.m.), $5. 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. 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. 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. (except Nov. 7 & 24). 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. (Westgate). Free. 327–4200.
U-M Museum of Natural History Planetarium & Dome Theater.
Daily. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages. Sea Monsters (11:30 a.m.) follows a curious dolichorhynchops (an extinct species of marine reptile) as she travels through the most dangerous oceans in history, meeting long-necked plesiosaurs, giant turtles and fish, sharks, and the most dangerous sea monster of all, the mosasaur. 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. Mars: One Thousand One (1:30 p.m.) tells the story of what humans might face with the first manned journey to Mars. Various times, MNH, 1105 North University. $8. Limited capacity. 764–0478.
Senior Naturalist Stewardship: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.
WCPARC naturalist Elle Bogle leads participants age 55 & up in removing invasive shrubs using hand saws and loppers while learning about land management. Tools and gloves provided, but bring your own if you have them. Location TBA. Free. Limited to 12 people. Preregistration required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, 971–6337.
Discussions: Ann Arbor Senior Center.
In-person discussion. “2-1-1 Resources” (Nov. 16, 9:30–10:30 a.m.) covers how to find valuable resources by searching the 2-1-1 database, a free service for Michigan residents. Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. Free. Preregistration required by emailing email@example.com or calling 794–6250.
Mind Matters Brain Games: Ann Arbor Senior Center.
Via Zoom at bit.ly/a2braingame, passcode: 739714. Ann Arbor Senior Center (1320 Baldwin Ave., 794–6250). Free.
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.
“Tiny Tails Story Time”: Humane Society of Huron Valley.
Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30 (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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 661–3575.
Harding & Harding: Society for Musical Arts.
The husband-and-wife duo of U-M piano professor Christopher Harding and oboist & English horn player Yuki Harding perform 18th-century Italian composer Domenico Cimarosa’s Concerto for Oboe, 20th-century English composer Madeleine Dring’s Three-Piece Suite for Oboe and Piano, 19th-century Italian composer Carlo Yvon’s Sonata in F Minor for English Horn and Piano, and Debussy’s Rapsodie for Saxophone in his own English horn-and- piano transcription. 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.
“Investigate Labs”: U-M Natural History Museum.
Every Tues.–Sun. All age 6 & up invited into the museum’s Nature Lab and Micro Worlds Lab to use scientific tools and museum specimens to answer questions and solve problems. Schedule subject to change. 11 a.m.–3 p.m., MNH, 1105 North University. Free. 764–0478.
“The Two Harriets: Tubman and Beecher Stowe”: U-M Margaret Waterman Alumnae Town Hall Celebrity Lecture Series.
Talk by Richard Bell, a University of Maryland history professor whose 2019 book, Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped Into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home, received the National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar Award. Includes lunch. 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $50 (members, free). Reservations required at watermanalumnae.org, 730–4650 (for membership) or 665–5893 (for individual tickets). email@example.com.
“Machines of the Quotidian: Architecture and Technology in Postwar North Korea”: U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies.
Talk by University of Hawai'i history professor Cheehyung Harrison Kim. Noon–1 p.m., 1010 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. For livestream preregister at myumi.ch/3kwz2. Free. 764–1825.
Chime Concert: Kerrytown Market & Shops.
Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. 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. Noon–12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30–11 a.m. (Sat.). Kerrytown Market. Free. ofGlobal@aol.com.
U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
Free. Events are either in person at 2401 Plymouth Rd., or via Zoom. For Zoom links see calendar at bit.ly/UMTurnerCal. 998–9353. No meetings Nov. 24 & 25.
Tai Chi (Mon., Wed., & Fri., noon–12:30 p.m.) via Zoom.
Ann Arbor Rotary Club Lunch Meeting & Speaker Series.
Nov. 2, 9, & 16. Brief club business meeting followed by talks by guest speakers. Nov. 2: Local sports journalist John U. Bacon, whose recent The Greatest Comeback tells the story of the celebrated 1972 Summit Series between the Canadian and Soviet national hockey teams. Nov. 9: GM lead engineer Bala Murthy with an update on the global effort to eradicate polio. Nov. 16: NBC sportscaster Mike Tirico on his life behind the microphone. 12:15–1:30 p.m., Michigan League Anderson Room. Free; Buffet Lunch, $11.
Walking Group: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
Events are either in person at 2401 Plymouth Rd., or via Zoom. For Zoom links see calendar at bit.ly/UMTurnerCal. 998–9353. No meetings Nov. 24 & 25.
Walking Group (Mon., Wed., & Fri. 12:30–1 p.m.) via Zoom.
“A2SC Trivia Live!”: Ann Arbor Senior Center.
Nov. 2 & 16 (1–2 p.m.). 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.
"To Kill a Mockingbird": Fathom Events.
Fathom Events. Special screenings in local theaters with reduced capacity. 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).
Nov. 13 & 16: (Robert Mulligan, 1962). Classic based on Harper Lee’s novel. Gregory Peck. Emagine only. 1 p.m. (Wed.) & 7 p.m. (Sun.).
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.
Chess: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
Free. Events are either in person at 2401 Plymouth Rd., or via Zoom. For Zoom links see calendar at bit.ly/UMTurnerCal. 998–9353. No meetings Nov. 24 & 25.
Chess (Wed. 1–4 p.m.) in person, all levels welcome, call if interested.
“The Sweet Delilah Swim Club”: PTD Productions.
Nov. 10–13 & 16–19. Karrie Waarala directs this local theater company in a production of Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, & Jamie Wooten’s 2008 drama, a poignant yet comic story that follows 5 Southern women on their annual ladies’ weekends at a North Carolina beach cottage over the course of 30 years, where they catch up, laugh, and meddle in each other’s lives. Stars Marie Jones, Rebecca Lane, Jennifer Heimberg, Deena Baty, and Cindy Franklin. 8 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun. & Wed.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (students, seniors, & active military, $12) in advance at ptdproductions.com and at the door. 483–7345.
“Setting the Stage for a Catastrophic Supervolcano Eruption”: U-M LS&A Alexander N. Halliday Collegiate Professorship in Earth and Environmental Sciences Inaugural Lecture.
Talk by U-M earth sciences professor Rebecca Lange. 4–5 p.m., 1st floor LSA Building, 500 State. For livestream see bit.ly/umsupervolcanotalk. Free. 764-0322.
“Understanding Demonization”: U-M Philosophy Department 2022 Fernando Lecture.
Stanford University philosophy professor Juliana Bidadanure discusses how out-of-work benefits claimants are subject to particularly severe forms of vilification, undermining popular support for welfare. 4–6 p.m., Michigan Union Pendleton Room, 530 S. State. Free. 764-6285.
Michigan Marching Band Practice.
Every Mon.–Thurs. through Nov. 17. 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.
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.
“Science Café: Mapping Biodiversity Hotspots in Ancient Oceans”: U-M Museum of Natural History/Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub.
U-M Museum of Paleontology director Matt Feidman discusses using fish fossils to answer questions about biodiversity. Hors d’oeuvres at 5:30. 5:30–7:30 p.m., Conor O’Neill’s, 318 S. Main St. Free, but drink purchases encouraged. Seating limited, so come early. 764–0478.
Kids Gaming Meetup: Sylvan Factory.
Every Wed. (6–8 p.m.). Kids age 8 & up invited to drop in for casual games of Magic: The Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, King of Tokyo, and more. Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium Blvd. $10. email@example.com, 929–5877.
“Home Bound”: Literati Bookstore.
Cameroon-born, Nevada-based consumer protection lawyer Vanessa A. Bee joins short story writer Kiley Reid to discuss her new memoir about her tumultuous transcontinental upbringing and how she upended her life to pursue a career in economic justice. 6:30 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585–5567.
“A2 Retro Tech Meetup”: All Hands Active.
All invited to bring your old tech to show off via Zoom. BBSes, Usenet, Apple II, CP/M, MS-DOS, Amiga, C64—it’s all fair game. 7–9 p.m., for URL see meetup.com/allhandsactive/events. Free, but donations welcome. firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Curious About Quakers?”: Ann Arbor Friends Meeting.
Nov. 2 & 16. A small panel of local Quakers discusses the nature of the Quaker faith for those interested in learning more about it. Snacks. 7–8 p.m., Quaker House, 1420 Hill St. Free. AnnArborFriends.org.
Ann Arbor Bridge Club.
Every Wed., except Nov. 23. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. Bring a partner if you can, or call in advance or arrive 20 minutes early if you can’t. 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 p.m., for Zoom link, see deepspring.org/programs. Free, donations accepted.
Hot Club Wednesday: Kelley Kimball & Djangophonique: North Star Lounge
A lifelong student of classical and popular vocal repertoire, Kelley draws inspiration from a deep appreciation of the Great American Songbook; the classic interpreters of art song; and the legendary torch singers and chanteuses of the twentieth century. A true singing actress, Kelley enchants audiences with her signature sophistication, elegance, and theatricality. Driven by a passion for the complexity of human emotions, she transports listeners to worlds of love and longing, fantasy and pleasure, laughter and play.
Djangophonique is a virtuosic, instrumentally driven quartet led by guitar player Andrew Brown. With over a decade of national touring experience, Brown is no stranger to the stage and delivers every performance with personality and enigmatic charm. A true disciple of the style, Brown has spent countless hours immersing himself in the language of Django Reinhardt’s jazz manouche, and he’s joined on stage by bandmates that match his skill and passion for the material. The result is a sound that’s unmistakable to fans of the music, and alluring to the uninitiated—a sound that can bring the lively energy of a parisian dance hall to the quietest listening room or captivate a buzzing festival audience with a shimmering ballad. With respect for the tradition and a fearless creativity that bends the conventions of the style, Djangophonique is keeping the Hot Club revival alive and well.301 N. 5th Ave, Ann Arbor. nstarlounge.com.
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.
Latin-Jazz Wednesday: Grupo Escobar: Blue LLama Jazz Club
GRUPO ESCOBAR—featuring Steve Jarosz (guitar and tres), Brian DiBlassio (piano), Eddie Caraballo (bass), and Owl DiBlassio (congas)—specializes in Cuban salsa and timba, seizing the spirit and energy of those forms, but allowing them to evolve by fusing them with cumbia, jazz, Arabic traditional and modern tropical rhythms.314 S. Main St , Ann Arbor. Pre-Pay Cover at opentable.com. $15. email@example.com. bluellamaclub.com. 734-372-3200.
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.
Mind Matters – Addiction Treatment 101: U-M Addiction Center
A free, virtual community education series designed for individuals and families. This second session of the 4-part series will answer questions such as:
Does treatment “work”?
What are the options for treatment?
How can one obtain help and support?
“U-M Transportation Research Institute and AA Smart Intersections”: AAUW-Ann Arbor.
Talk (via Zoom) by U-M deputy program manager Mary Lou Buonarosa. 7:30 p.m., for URL see AnnArbor-MI.aauw.net. Free. (844) 973–6287.
"Jai Bhim Comrade": U-M Center for South Asian Studies Film Series.
Screenings every Wed. (except Nov. 23) of films by the renowned Indian documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan. 7:30 p.m., 2nd fl. MLB. Free. 764-0448.
(Anand Patwardhan, 2011). Documentary examining the lives and politics of Mumbai’s oppressed Dalit community in the wake of a 1997 massacre of 10 people protesting the desecration of the statue of a prominent Dalit activist.
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. 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.