Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in June 2022
June 5, 2022
“Creature Encounters”: The Creature Conservancy.
Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off some animals native to Africa (2 & 4 p.m.), including an African crested porcupine, a pancake tortoise, and a ridgeback frog, which is not a snake. Also, an alligator presentation and feeding if weather permits (3 p.m.) and a chance to see the conservancy’s other animals. 1–5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. Mask encouraged. $11 (kids ages 2–12, $9; under age 2, free) at the door; $1 discount in advance. 929–9324.
Museum Highlight Tours: U-M Museum of Natural History.
Every Sat. & Sun. 30–minute tour of the museum’s exhibits and galleries, as well as an introduction to some current U-M Biological Sciences research projects. Noon & 2 p.m., MNH, 1105 North University. Check ummnh.org for the latest Covid protocols. Free. Limited capacity. Sign up at the welcome desk. 764–0478.
U-M Museum of Natural History Planetarium & Dome Theater.
Every Fri.–Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages. Sea Monsters (Fri.–Sun., 11:30 a.m.) follows an adventurous Late Cretaceous dolichorhynchops (a kind of prehistoric marine reptile) as she travels through the ocean, encountering long-necked plesiosaurs, giant turtles, sharks, and the most dangerous sea monster of all, the mosasaur. The Sky Tonight (Fri.–Sun., 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 (Fri.–Sun., 1:30 p.m.) immerses viewers in the wonders of Maya science, examining how Maya 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, U-M MNH, 1105 North University. Check ummnh.org for the latest Covid protocols. $8. Limited capacity. 764–0478.
Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.
June 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, & 25. 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. June 4 (9 a.m.–noon): Buttonbush Nature Area, meet at the park entrance at the end of Hickory Point Dr. June 5 (9 a.m.–noon): Oakridge Nature Area, meet at the southwest corner of the intersection of Glazier Way and Huron Pkwy. June 5 (1–4 p.m.): Ruthven Nature Area, meet at the Gallup boat dock parking lot, at the southeast corner of Huron Pkwy. and Geddes Rd. June 11 (9 a.m.–noon): Narrow Gauge Way Nature Area, meet at the corner of Narrow Gauge Way and Watershed Dr. June 11 (1–4 p.m.): Huron Hills Golf Course Woods, meet on Hunting Valley off Provincial Dr. June 12 (9 a.m.–noon): Brokaw Nature Area, meet at the parking lot off West Huron River Dr., just southeast of Wagner Rd. June 12 (1–4 p.m.): Barton Nature Area, meet at the Barton Dam parking lot on Huron River Dr. June 18 (9 a.m.–noon): Scarlett Mitchell Nature Area, meet in the Scarlett Middle School parking lot off Lorraine St. June 18 (1–4 p.m.): Berkshire Creek Nature Area, meet at the end of Warwick Rd. off Glenwood north of Washtenaw Ave. June 25 (9 a.m.–noon): Dolph Bioswale and Natural Area, meet at the trailhead off Parklake Avenue, just south of Lakeview Dr. June 25 (1–4 p.m.): Lakewood Nature Area, meet at the park entrance on Sunnywood Dr. Various locations. Free. Preregistration recommended at bit.ly/a2stewardworkday. 794–6627.
'Celebrating the Last Frost,' an exhibition by Avery Williamson
Creal Microgallery presents 'Celebrating the Last Frost,' an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Ypsilanti artist Avery Williamson. This collection of small works celebrates the last frost, an indicator of safe passage to the next season. These pieces explore the colors and textures of May and June-- a season of shedding, blooming, and emerging.
Williamson has worked in a wide range of media, including weavings, photography, collage, painting and drawing, but remaining constant in much of her work is her use of atmospheric color and lively mark-making. With these defining visual elements, her work feels both meditative and improvisational. Her use of color sets a stage or mood, and provides a context for the story to be told through her marks. The marks and lines then skip across the surface, or grow outward from a starting point. Her marks play around the edges of the canvas or are laid down across fields of color. Her images can feel like parts of a whole— just glimpses of a larger story or vignettes of a fuller world. In the works on view, she considers this moment in time, this transition from cold to warm, from dormancy to growth. This moment that Williamson captures is somehow both singular and infinite, and this transition between seasons upon which she reflects is at once unique and eternal.
48th Annual Dexter–Ann Arbor Run: Ann Arbor Track Club.
Since 1974, this race, the area’s biggest running event, draws thousands of runners from throughout southeast Michigan. With a half-marathon, 10-km run, and 5-km run and fitness walk. All races conclude on Main Street between Miller and Ann. Preceded on June 4 by a Kids Run (see Kids Calendar) and an outdoor fitness expo. 7:15 a.m. (10-km run) & 8:30 a.m. (5-km run & fitness walk), Newport Rd. & Riverwood Dr.; 8:30 a.m. (half-marathon), Creekside Intermediate School, 2615 Baker Rd., Dexter. Entry fees for individuals: $35 (5-km), $45 (10-km), & $85 (half-marathon) in advance only at RunSignUp.com/Race/MI/Dexter/DXA2 before 5 p.m. on June 4. Prices increase after enrollment reaches a predetermined limit. Entry form available at local sporting goods stores. dxa2.com, email@example.com, (419) 356–4881.
Dressage Shows: Waterloo Hunt Club.
June 3–5. Competitive equine ballet by skilled horses and riders, highlighted by graceful freestyle routines set to music. No pets. Concessions. 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Waterloo Hunt Club, Glenn at Katz (west off Mount Hope Rd. from I-94 exit 150), Grass Lake. Free admission. (908) 326–1155, 426–2088.
The Vintage Electronics Expo
Largest Vintage Electronics event in the Midwest ! Vintage radios, computer and gaming devices, video gear, records and lots of audio gear for sale by collectors and vendors. Seminar on setting up audio gear at 10am, bargain sale throughout event plus Bargain Auction around 3pm. This event will be in partnership with the Chelsea Amateur Radio Club. $5 admission, kids under 18 free.
“Rescue Reading”: Humane Society of Huron Valley.
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.
Annual Spring Sale: Ann Arbor Potters Guild.
June 4 & 5. A very popular annual sale held outdoors under a big tent. Includes a wide variety of functional and decorative ceramics made by more than 30 guild members and a kids table (with lower-priced items). Also (weather permitting), a kids clay area for kids to try making pottery and pottery demos. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Potters Guild parking lot, 201 Hill. Free admission. 663–4970.
Interfaith Sunday Service: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth
Please join us for Sunday service via Zoom
“Ancient Wisdom. Modern Times”: Jewel Heart 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 June 5 topic is “The Sharabha Antelope,” a tale about tolerance of harm. 11 a.m., for URL preregister at bit.ly/jeweldharmatalk. Free. 994–3387.
“Annual Taste of Ann Arbor”: Main Street Area Association.
A chance to taste entrées and desserts from more than 30 downtown restaurants and cafés. Also, kids activities on E. Liberty. The live music lineup (times TBA) includes Ypsilanti folk singer-songwriter Kate Peterson, Detroit funk and soul band Strictly Fine, the funk-rock jam quartet Pajamas, the versatile local country-to-swing-to-blues-to-funk ensemble Brennan Andes & Friends, and local singer-songwriter Abigail Stauffer, known for her piercing, emotionally direct pop-folk and pop-rock songs and her rich alto voice. 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Main St. between William and Washington sts. Free admission; food tickets $1 each (items range from 2–6 tickets each). 668–7112.
“Laser Regatta”: U-M Sailing Club.
All invited to watch club members and any others who want to enter their own boats (free) race small, nimble Laser dinghies. 11 a.m. (race registration, 9:30 a.m.), Baseline Lake, 8010 Strawberry Lake Rd., left from Mast off North Territorial. Free. 426–0920.
Sunday Artisan Market.
Every Sun. Juried market of local handmade arts and crafts, now in its 31st year. 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Farmers Market Pavilion, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913–9622.
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.
“Campfire Cooking on a Stick”: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.
WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance shows how to quickly light and cook on a fire and demonstrates her time-tested s’mores technique. Bring stick-ready ingredients. S’mores ingredients (marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate) provided. 1–4 p.m., Rolling Hills County Park Woodlands Pavilion, 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti, $5 per person. Preregistration required at bit.ly/wcprc2022 (activity #RH721306). $6 vehicle entry fee (noncounty residents $10). email@example.com, 971–6337.
“Historic Earhart Manor Tour”: Concordia University Ann Arbor Guild.
Docent-led tour of this 1935 English-style country manor, currently home to Concordia administration, built by former local gasoline baron Harry Earhart. It features secret panels and hidden passageways linking rooms and floors, a room once used solely for arranging flowers, and rooms so spacious that a former closet is now a top Concordia administrator’s office. 1 p.m., Concordia University Earhart Manor, 4090 Geddes Rd. Mask required. $10, preregistration required. ConcordiaGuild@cuaa.edu, 995–7509.
“Mirror on the Wall”: Black & Brown Theatre.
Jun. 4 & 5. This Detroit theater company, founded in 2016 to create more opportunities for theater artists of color, presents its updated version of Snow White (renamed Princess Raven). Directed by University Musical Society program manager Emilio Rodriguez, a U-M theater lecturer who also wrote the script and composed the music. Performed entirely in rhyming couplets, this comedic take forgoes the trope of rescue by a prince to allow the princess to save herself. With U-M grad Sebastian Nagpal, as well as Kiana Douglas, Nate John Mark, and Jazmine Kuyayki Broe. 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. (Sat.) and 1 p.m. (Sun.), Michigan Theater. Mask & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required. Tickets $15 (children 12 & under, $5) in advance at the Michigan Theater & michtheater.org/events, and at the door. 763–8587.
Cancer Survivors Day Celebration: Rogel Cancer Center/Cancer Support Community
The University of Michigan (U-M) Rogel Cancer Center will be transitioning their annual Cancer Survivors Day (CSD) Celebration to a collaborative effort with the Cancer Support Community (CSC) this year. CSC is proud to host and partner with U-M Rogel Cancer Center to host this event. CSD is a day for anyone who has been impacted by cancer to connect with others and honor milestones in their journey with cancer. Cancer Survivors Day also aims to raise awareness of the challenges cancer survivors and their loved ones face, promote resources of support within the community, and most importantly celebrate life.
Join us on Sunday, June 5, 2022, for an afternoon of education, fun, inspiration, and hope. This event is free and open to the public. The event will feature an information fair/exhibits on survivors issues, keynote speakers, entertainment, and light snacks. For more information, contact the Cancer Support Community at 734-975-2500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interfaith Youthful Spirits Class for Young People: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth
Spiritual class for young people via Zoom. Free, but donations appreciated.
“Charade”: Michigan Theater.
(Stanley Donen, 1963). Sparkling romantic comedy mystery starring Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant as a pair of American expats in Paris who get mixed up in an international caper. It’s been described as “the best Hitchcock movie that Hitchcock never made.” Walter Matthau, James Coburn, George Kennedy. 1:30 p.m. (Sun.) & 7:30 p.m. (Tues.). 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.
“Herps! Michigan’s Amphibians and Reptiles”: Waterloo Natural History Association.
Nature Discovery (Williamston) representatives show native reptiles and amphibians, some of which can be handled by participants. 2–3:30 p.m., Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Chelsea. $2 (families, $5). Space limited; preregistration required. Recreation passport required: $12 ($17 at the gate). 475–3170.
“Relativity”: Theatre Nova.
Every Thurs.–Sun., May 20–June 12. Carla Milarch directs prolific contemporary playwright Mark St. Germain’s speculative 2017 historical comedy about Einstein’s missing daughter and a visiting reporter curious about his family history. The comic play, described in a Broadway World review as “seriously entertaining,” explores the old question of whether a great man must also be a good one. Featuring Anne Damman, Ellen Finch, and Phil Powers. 8 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron St. Tickets $22 in advance at theatre-nova.ticketleap.com & at the door. Mask & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 48 hours). 635–8450.
“Sheriff’s Warrant”: Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.
June 2–5 & 9–12. Trevor Maher directs local actors in Ann Arborite Catherine Zudak’s dark comedy based on the Robin Hood legend. The play refocuses the story on the Sheriff of Nottingham, who suffers with a demanding new boss, a faithless wife, and of course, the activities of Robin Hood. When his boss offers him a devil’s bargain, the sheriff jumps at the chance to strike it rich. 7:30 p.m. (Thurs.) and 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), A2CT Studio, 322 W. Ann St. Tickets $15 in advance at a2ct.org/tickets, by phone, & at the door. 971-2228.
“All Peoples Planet Parade”: All Peoples Planet Parade and Action Network.
Family-friendly sidewalk parade to celebrate the Earth, along with a concert of acoustic originals and folk favorites by Mary Fithian & Friends, a “dance-poem" performance by Megan Sims, and a talk by Ann Arbor state representative Yousef Rabhi. Attendees encouraged to make a sign, wear a costume, or bring a “sidewalk float.” 2:30–4:30 p.m., meet at Sculpture Plaza, N. Fourth Ave. at Catherine. Free. Mask requested. Info: Megan Sims at email@example.com & 417–7020.
“How To Become a Fossil”: U-M Natural History Museum Science Forum Demos.
Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demo exploring how fossils form, what parts of animals can become fossilized, and many other fossil-related things. For age 5+. 3 p.m., Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764–0478.
“The Wizard of Oz”: Fathom Events.
(Victor Fleming, 1939). Screening of this classic musical fantasy to celebrate star Judy Garland’s 100th Birthday. Features a deleted musical number. 3 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m. (Mon.). Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter, 973–8424), Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline, 316–5500). $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. For updated schedule, see FathomEvents.com/events.
U-M Alumni Concert Band: U-M School of Music.
U-M alumni perform a program that includes selections by Sousa, Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughn Williams, Malcolm Arnold, David Biedenbender, Shelley Hanson, and Louis Elbel. 3 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits. Free.
“Feeling Good: Singing Is Community”: Ann Arbor Civic Chorus.
Karen TenBrink directs this popular large community choir in a program of music that has helped in challenging times, including Undine Smith Moore’s “We Shall Walk Through the Valley,” R. Nathaniel Dett’s “Listen to the Lambs,” Diana Saez’s “Yemaya,” Charles Albert Tindley’s “The Storm is Passing Over,” Brahms’ “Lass Dich Nur Nichts Nicht Dauern,” and Pentatonix’s “Sing!” Pianist: Ted Wyman. 4 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw Ave. Mask required. Free. a2civicchorus.weebly.com, 994–2300.
“Rupaul’s Drag Race Marathon.”: Bløm Meadworks.
Episodes of the multi-Emmy award-winning reality TV series that’s lasted 14 seasons pitting one drag queen against another in entertaining challenges. All ages welcome, but minors encouraged to be accompanied by adult. Proof of vaccination required. Bløm, 100 S. Fourth Ave. 548–9729.
"Sing Always": Boychoir of Ann Arbor Spring Concert.
This local ensemble sings a program to conclude their 35th anniversary season featuring performances by both a Performing Choir and a Preparatory Choir. Also a Food Drive collecting non-perishable food donations as well as monetary donations for Food Gatherers. 5 p.m., Concordia University Chapel, 4090 Geddes Rd. Free; donations welcome. 663-5377.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org before coming. Free.
P.O.R.K. - Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings
10-piece early big band led by Chris Smith, specializing in music of the 20s and 30s. Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver, Duke Ellington and other jazz legends are prominent in their repertoire. For listening or dancing. 5-8 p.m., Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium. $10 cover (cash).
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., Ann Arbor Farmers Market, 315 Detroit Street. Free. Email email@example.com or check annarbormorris.org in advance to confirm. 717–1569.
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”: U-M Residential College/Nichols Arboretum.
June 2–5, 9–12, 16–19, & 23–26. U-M Residential College drama lecturer Kate Mendeloff directs students and local actors in an alfresco production that wafts from spot to spot within the Arb to create the different scenes of Shakespeare’s comedy of fairies, magic spells, domestic intrigue, and misplaced affections. The RC’s annual Shakespeare in the Arb productions have become a hugely popular local summer tradition. Director Mendeloff takes special care to make the shifting Arb environments an active force in the performance. Bring a blanket or portable chair to sit on. Pick up tickets 5–6:15 p.m. 6:30 p.m., meet at the Peony Garden entrance at 1610 Washington Heights. $25 in advance only. Tickets go on sale May 23 (May 16 for Matthaei-Nichols members) at mutotix.umich.edu and are held at will call, Nichols Arboretum Visitor Center, 1610 Washington Hts. 998–9540.
“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.
“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 local comic and storyteller Mark Sweetman. 8 p.m. The Ypsi Alehouse, 124 Pearl St. #100, Ypsilanti. Mask and vaccination encouraged. Free. facebook.com/thetheatershop.