Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in November 2022
November 22, 2022
“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.
“The Chosen”: 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. 18–22: (Dallas Jenkins, 2022). The first two episodes of the third season of this serialized retelling of the story of Jesus and his disciples. Noon, 3:25 p.m., 6:45 p.m. (Ann Arbor 20) & 1 & 7 p.m. (Emagine).
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.
Discussions: Ann Arbor Senior Center.
In-person discussion. “Planning Ahead” (Nov. 22, 9:30–10:30 a.m.) led by a representative of Washtenong Memorial Park. Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. Free. Preregistration required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 794–6250.
“Sensory Story Time”: Humane Society of Huron Valley.
Nov. 22 (10–11 a.m.). Stories, sensory play, and a tour of the shelter. Also, a chance to make a toy or treat for the animals. For autistic and other neurodivergent kids ages 2–5 (but all children welcome), accompanied by an adult. HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $5 per kid (babies under age 1, free). Preregistration required at tickettailor.com/events/hshv, email@example.com, 661–3575.
“What Happened on November 8, 2022”: U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Distinguished Lecture Series.
U-M political studies professor Michael Traugott discusses the midterm election results and their meanings. Third in a series of 5 monthly lectures. 10–11:30 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Preregistration required at olli-umich.org. $85 (members, $60) for the 5-lecture series. $10 per lecture for members. Membership, $25 a year. 998–9351.
Online Meditation Drop-In: 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.
Online Meditation Drop-In (Tues. 10–11:30 a.m.) via Zoom.
“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.
Line Dancing: Ann Arbor Senior Center.
Line Dancing (Tues. noon-1 p.m.), preregistration required at 794-6250. Ann Arbor Senior Center (1320 Baldwin Ave., 794–6250). Free. Check meeting status before coming.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com beforehand.
Euchre: Pittsfield Township Community Center.
Canceled if Washtenaw County Covid levels are high (Tues. 1-3 p.m.). Pittsfield Township Community Center (701 W. Ellsworth, 822-2120, recreation.pittsfield-mi.gov). Free. Check meeting status before coming.
U-M Clements Library Tour.
Hour-long docent-led tour of the Clements’s early American history collection featuring Benjamin West’s iconic painting The Death of General Wolfe, a Revolutionary War-era trunk that once housed British commander-in-chief Thomas Gage’s papers, the student-curated exhibit Navigating Disability in 19th-Century America, and more. 4:15 p.m., Clements Library, 909 South University. Mask required. Free, preregistration required at myumi.ch/Aw9Zb. 649–3370.
Ann Arbor Group Runs: Fleet Feet.
Every Tues. & Sat. Runners of all abilities invited to join a run of 3–5 miles along varying routes from different Fleet Feet (formerly Running Fit) locations. Rain or shine. 6 p.m. (Tues.), 123 E. Liberty & 8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson Rd. Free. 769–5016 (Tues.) & 929–9022 (Sat.).
BattleTech: Classic: Sylvan Factory.
Every Tues. All invited to play this fast-paced tabletop miniatures war game. No experience or materials needed. 6–9 p.m., Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium Blvd. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, 929–5877. sylvanfactory.com/event-schedule.
“Tour de Dirt Tuesday Dirt Ride”: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.
Every Tues. 20- to 35-mile ride along Chelsea-area dirt roads. Email for upcoming week’s route. 6:15 p.m. sharp, meet at Aberdeen Bike and Outdoors, 1101 Main St., Chelsea. Free. email@example.com.
“Depths of Wikipedia”: Ann Arbor District Library Nerd Nite A2 Season Finale.
Local writer Amy Rauwerda, creator of the popular Instagram feed @depthsofwikipedia, discusses the strangest, silliest, and most ridiculous Wikipedia pages. 6:30 p.m., AADL Downtown. Free. 327–4200.
“Desserts by Decade: The Dirty 30s”: Ann Arbor District Library.
Local historian Patti Smith and Lakehouse Bakery (Chelsea) owner Keegan Rodgers discuss how to make popular desserts from the 1930s. 6:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek. Free. 327-4200.
“I've Had to Think Up a Way to Survive: On Trauma, Persistence, and Dolly Parton”: Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.
Poet and essayist Lynn Melnick joins cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib to discuss her new memoir, an account of how she drew inspiration from the country icon Dolly Parton to reclaim her voice in the wake of loss and trauma. 7 p.m., for URL see literatibookstore.com/event/2022-11. Free. 585–5567.
Alex Anest’s Electric Four: Blue LLama Jazz Club
ALEX ANEST’S ELECTRIC FOUR—featuring world class drummer Gayelynn McKinney, renowned organist Jim Alfredson, and Alex’s musical brother, bassist and longtime musical collaborator John Sperendi—is dedicated to finding exciting repertoire, including original tunes as well as works by the likes of Duke Pearson, Emily Remler, Ernie Krivda, and Herbie Hancock.314 S. Main St , Ann Arbor. Pre-Pay Cover at opentable.com. $15. firstname.lastname@example.org. bluellamaclub.com. 734-372-3200.
English Country Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.
Every Tues. Historical and traditional English dancing to live music. All dances taught; no partner or experience needed. Bring flat, clean-soled, nonslip shoes (running shoes okay) and your own water bottle. First-timers are asked to arrive at 6:45 p.m. 7–9:30 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. Mask, proof of vaccination, and release of liability required. Suggested donation $8 (students, $4; kids ages 13 & under with caregiver, free). aactmad.org/english-country, 665–7704.
Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.
Every Tues. All male and female singers invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local barbershop harmony chorus. 7–8:45 p.m., Interfaith Center, 704 Airport Blvd. Masks encouraged, vaccination required to join. Free to visitors (annual dues for those who join). bit.ly/hvharmonizers. info@HVharmonizers.org, 796–7467.
LGTBQ Tuesday: Trivia: North Star Lounge
LGBTQ Trivia301 N. 5th Ave, Ann Arbor. nstarlounge.com.
Skazat! Poetry Series.
Online reading by Sean Thomas Dougherty, an Erie (PA) poet whose 2022 collection, The Dead Are Everywhere Telling Us Things, is full of both the raw detritus and the sublime moments of caretaking and labor. He has been described by poet Dorianne Laux as the “gypsy punk heart of American poetry” and a “poet of dirt and gravel” by poet Reginald Dwayne Betts. Preceded by an open mic. 7–8:30 p.m., for URL preregister at Facebook.com/Skazat. Free. 223–3165.
Voices in Harmony.
Every Tues. Female singers invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local 40-member a cappella barbershop harmony chorus. 7–8:30 p.m., UAW Local 898, 8975 Textile Rd., Ypsilanti. Mask policy follows CDC guidelines; proof of vaccination required. Free to visitors ($26 monthly dues for those who join). email@example.com, 765–3611.
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.).
“Comedy Experiment”: Beer Grotto.
Every Tues. Stand-up showcase featuring sets by local comics TBA. 8 p.m., The Beer Grotto, 8059 Main, Dexter. Free. bit.ly/comedybeergrotto.