Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in November 2022
November 8, 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.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
“Sunrise Nature Hike”: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.
Naturalist Elle Bogle leads a nature walk to appreciate the autumn colors and the activities of animals making their last-minute winter preparations. Binoculars suggested. 8:30–10 a.m., Whitmore Lake Preserve, 2000 Maple Hill Park Dr. Free. Preregistration required by emailing email@example.com, 971–6337.
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.
Noon Lecture Series: U-M Center for Chinese Studies.
Every Tues. except Nov. 22. Talks by U-M and visiting scholars. Sandwiches, cookies, & coffee served. Nov. 1: Stanford University political science professor Jean Oi on “China’s Local Government Debt: A Ticking Time Bomb?” Nov. 8: Stanford University sociology professor Andrew G. Walder on “Anatomy of a Regional Civil War: Guangxi, 1967-1968.” Nov. 15: U-M Chinese studies postdoctoral fellow Yichen Rao on “The Chinese Lives of ‘Internet Finance’: From Technological Innovations to Ponzi Schemes.” Nov. 29: University of Chicago East Asian languages and civilizations professor Judith Zeitlin discusses 18th-century Chinese opera in “The Gender of the Operatic Voice: From Li Yu to Xu Dachun.” Noon–1 p.m., 1010 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764–6308.
“The Right to Be Different: 21st-Century Citizenship in Dearborn, Michigan”: U-M Institute for the Humanities.
Talk by U-M Dearborn history professor Sally Howell. 12:30–1:30 p.m., 1022 South Thayer Bldg., 202 S. Thayer. Free. 936–5507.
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.
“Chomping T-Rex Puppets”: Ann Arbor District Library.
Nov. 8 (2–3 p.m.). Kids ages 5-12 invited to make a T-Rex puppet using cardstock, metal brads, and other simple materials. AADL Malletts Creek. Free. 327–4200.
“Paint by Sticker”: Ann Arbor District Library.
Adults and kids age 5 & up invited to create images using stickers. 2–3 p.m., AADL Traverwood. Free. 327-4200.
“A Custody Dispute Between a Habashi Slave and Her Jewish Owner: Issues of Gender and Ethnic/Racial Identity in Medieval Egypt”: U-M Medieval and Early Modern Studies Department.
Talk by Northwestern University history professor Carl Petry. 4–5:30 p.m., 1014 Tisch Hall, 435 S. State. Free. 763–2066.
“Labadie Collection Materials on Women's Reproductive Rights”: U-M Library Special Collections After Hours.
Open house featuring a selection of materials from this U-M archive documenting women’s struggles for equality and autonomy over their bodies, focusing on the latter half of the 20th century. All invited to view the materials and chat with staff. 4–5 p.m., U-M Hatcher Grad Library, 6th fl., enter from the Diag. Free. 936–2311, firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Work Pray Code: When Work Becomes Religion in Silicon Valley”: U-M American Culture Department.
Talk (via Zoom) by University of California Asian American studies professor Carolyn Chen. 4–5:30 p.m., for URL see lsa.umich.edu/apia. Free. 763-1460.
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.
“Full Moon Hike: Beaver Moon”: Pittsfield Township Parks & Recreation.
All invited to take a full moon hike with a township naturalist at the Lillie Park trail loop and listen for the sounds of owls, foxes, and other animals. A roaring fire and hot cocoa follow. Note: park restrooms are closed until spring. 5:30–7 p.m., Pavilion 3, Lillie Park South, 4365 Platt Rd. $15 (Pittsfield residents, $10). Preregistration required at recreation.pittsfield-mi.gov or 822–2120.
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. email@example.com, 929–5877. sylvanfactory.com/event-schedule.
LGBTQ Tuesday: Lesbo Bingo: North Star Lounge
“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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
“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.
“The Activist’s Media Handbook: Lessons from Fifty Years as a Progressive Agitator”: Literati Bookstore/Ann Arbor District Library.
Public relations specialist David Fenton discusses his new book, a hybrid memoir and practical guide that draws lessons from his 50-year career as a media agitator for progressive causes ranging from nuclear disarmament to marijuana decriminalization. 6:30 p.m., AADL Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 585–5567.
“The Joy of Mite Management”: Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers
“The Joy of Mite Management”: Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers. University of Minnesota Bee Lab professor Bridget Mendel discusses varroa mites and the Bee Lab’s breeding program, on screen via Zoom. The program begins with a Q&A for new beekeepers at 6:30 p. m. The meeting begins at 7 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking, A2b2club.org.1800 N. Dixboro Rd, Matthaei Botanical Gardens Auditorium, Ann Arbor. Free. A2B2club@gmail.com. A2B2club.org.
“The Joy of Mite Management”: Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers.
University of Minnesota Bee Lab professor Bridget Mendel discusses, via Zoom on a big screen with the live audience at Matthaei, varroa mites and the Bee Lab’s breeding program. Preceded at 6:30 p.m. by a Q&A for new beekeepers. 7 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Club members can also join via Zoom. Free; metered parking, A2b2club.org.
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.
Fantasy and Science Fiction/Theory Reading Group: U-M English Department.
All age 21 & over invited to discuss The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, V.E. Schwab’s 2020 novel about a woman who makes a deal with the devil to live forever in exchange for the curse of being forgotten by everyone around her. 7–9 p.m., 3154 Angell Hall. Free. For questions, virtual access: FantasySF@umich.edu.
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.
Matthew Fries Trio: Blue LLama Jazz Club
Matthew Fries is a joyful voice on the piano with a unique and recognizable style that is authentically rooted in the tradition of the classic jazz pianists, while still looking forward to the future of the music and the instrument.314 S. Main St , Ann Arbor. Pre-Pay Cover at opentable.com. $15. email@example.com. bluellamaclub.com. 734-372-3200.
Pub Sing: Ann Arbor Morris.
Local Morris dancers lead participants in an evening of rousing choruses, drinking songs, sea shanties, and English folk songs. No set program; all welcome to lead any song with a singable, reasonably easy-to-learn chorus. 7–9 p.m., location TBA. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Free. (908) 721–2599.
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.
David Zerkel: U-M Music School Faculty Recital.
This U-M tuba professor, accompanied by music students, performs 20th-century Swedish composer Arild Plau’s Concerto for Tuba and Strings, Argentine tango master Astor Piazzolla’s “Oblivion,” Saint-Saëns’ Morceau de Concert, as well as music by contemporary American composers Thom Ritter George and Jennifer Higdon. 7:30 p.m., U-M Music School Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615–3204.
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.
“Let’s Get Lost”: Michigan Theater.
(Bruce Weber, 1988). Powerful, heartbreaking documentary chronicling the turbulent life and career of the innovative jazz trumpeter Chet Baker, whose weakness for heroin drove both his decline and his fame. 7:30 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.