Every Mon.-Thurs., Sept. 10-Nov. 1. Storytelling programs for kids ages 18 months-3 years (Mon., Wed., & Thurs. 10:30 a.m.) and 3-5 years (Mon. & Thurs., 11:30 a.m. and Tues., 1 p.m.). Also, a combined toddler and preschooler storytime (Wed., 11:30 a.m.). Also, a special "Drop-In Halloween Storytime and Craft" (Oct. 20, 11 a.m.) for kids age 6 & under, and a "New Sibling Story Time" (Sept. 29, 11 a.m.) for kids age 3 & up who have new siblings on the way.
Various times, DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]
Every Thurs. Performances by area musicians. Sept. 6: Jazz pianist Tad Weed. Sept. 13: Jazz standards by the Paul VornHagen Trio. Sept. 20: Jazz, pop, and classical music by Detroit pianist Lillian Freedland. Sept. 27: Chinese Opera excerpts by the Suzhou Kun Opera Theater.
12:10 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]
Sept. 13 & 27. Talks by U-M and visiting scholars. Sept. 13: "Finding Otira: On the Geopolitics of Black Celebrity, 1770-1930." U-M history professor Jay Cook discusses Otira, an Ohio mansion that was commissioned by black musicians and conceived as a political statement. Sept. 27: Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt history professor Karl Schlögel on "Narratives of Simultaneity: Questions for a Topographically Sensitive Historiography."
4-6 p.m., 1014 Tisch Hall, 435 S. State. Free. 615-7400. [map]
Clements Library director Kevin Graffagnino discusses the current exhibit.
4-6 p.m., Clements Library, 909 South University. Free. 764-2347. [map]
"Russia's Internal Colonization: Where History and Literature Converge": U-M Center for Russian & East European Studies.more >
"Russia's Internal Colonization: Where History and Literature Converge": U-M Center for Russian & East European Studies.< less
Talk by Cambridge University literature and cultural history professor Alexander Etkind.
4-5:30 p.m., 2011 MLB, 812 E. Washington. Free. 764-0351. [map]
Every Mon.-Fri. (except Oct. 15 & 16), Sept. 8 & 15, & Oct. 13 & 20. The U-M's highly disciplined 200-plus-member marching band or sections thereof can be seen and heard practicing on Elbel Field. All are welcome to find a spot in the bleachers and get a sneak preview of upcoming halftime shows.
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (Sept. 3), 4:45-6:15 p.m. (every Mon.-Fri. beginning Sept. 4), 10 a.m.-noon (Sept. 8 & 15), 9 a.m.-noon (Oct. 13), & 8 a.m.-noon (Oct. 20), Elbel Field, Hill at Division. Free. 764-0582. [map]
"Powder Keg: Where Is Putin Taking Russia?": U-M Knight-Wallace Fellows Program Annual Hovey Lecture.more >
"Powder Keg: Where Is Putin Taking Russia?": U-M Knight-Wallace Fellows Program Annual Hovey Lecture.< less
Lecture by Matthias Schepp, Moscow bureau chief for the influential European news magazine Der Spiegel, which has published more than a dozen of Schepp's investigative reports on corruption in Russia. Reception follows.
5 p.m., U-M Wallace House, 620 Oxford. Free. Reservations required. 998-7666. [map]
Sept. 13, 17, 20, & 27 (different locations). Readings by poets and fiction writers.
Sept. 13: Poetry reading by award-winning Austin-based poet Carrie Fountain. Her poems have an inviting style and often revolve around a mundane event, closely observed, that gestures toward some dark, violent, or heartbreaking aspect of life.
Sept. 17: Poetry reading by Fiona Sampson, an acclaimed London poet (and current U-M visiting poetry professor) whose 2010 collection, Rough Music, was shortlisted for the Forward Poetry Prize and the T.S. Eliot Prize. Her poetry has been praised for its subtlety and control as well as its successful fusion of traditional forms with experimental freedoms.
Sept. 20: Reading by widely anthologized fiction writer, essayist, and poet Robin Hemley. The BBC is currently developing a film based on Invented Eden, his book about a purported anthropological hoax in the Philippines. Writer Robert Olen Butler calls Hemley's forthcoming short story collection, Reply All, "laugh-out-loud funny and achingly sad and deeply in touch with the profound humanity underneath the increasingly bizarre surface of our culture."
Sept. 27: "Uncanny Valley." Pianist and award-winning poet Oni Buchanan and poet Jon Woodward perform their concert-length piece that incorporates piano, spoken word, and electronics and explores semantic satiation, the psychological phenomenon in which repetition causes a word to temporarily lose meaning.
5:10 p.m., UMMA Auditorium (except Sept. 27, Michigan League Pendleton Room), 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330. [map]
Sept. 13, 20, & 27. Talks by visiting artists. Sept. 13: Talk by California-based filmmaker PES, who's known for his innovative short films and unique approach to stop-motion animation. Sept. 20: Acclaimed photographer Sally Mann discusses her recent series of Southern landscapes. Shot with damaged lenses and a camera that requires her to use her hand as a shutter, the series reflects her desire "to go right into the heart of the deep, dark South." Sept. 27: Jennifer Karady discusses her work, which involves interviewing American veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and then using the information to create staged narrative photos and to restage a moment of war. With remarks by Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America founder (and Iraq War veteran) Paul Rieckhoff.
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 647-2337. [map]
It's that time of year -- time for the return of Ann Arbor Cooks' weekly tailgate treats featured on WTKA!
Ann Arbor Cooks is proud to host a tailgate cooking class with WTKA Michigan Insider's very own Sam Webb and Ira Weintraub!! Yes, you read that right -- Sam and Ira are joining us in the kitchen for an evening to whip up a delicious tailgate feast! You don't want to miss this one!
Menu details to follow...register at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $75/person. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
Food from Zingerman's Roadhouse, a silent auction, and live entertainment by Chris Badynee, a Dearborn bassist who plays on a cardboard box upright bass he invented. Cash bar.
6-9 p.m., Cobblestone Farm. Tickets $75-$200 in advance at communityfarm2012benefit.eventbrite.com. 433-0261.
This festive, laid-back evening features food from area restaurants, live Irish music by The Gavins, canoe rides, fly fishing demos, s'mores around the campfire, and an array of beers from microbreweries in the Huron River watershed, including Arbor Brewing, Jolly Pumpkin, Blue Tractor, Grizzly Peak, and Wolverine.
6-9 p.m., location TBA. Tickets $100 (members, $75) in advance only. 769-5123, ext. 605.
This former Pioneer High swim team member reads from and discusses Underwater Window, his new novel, set in the world of competitive swimming, about an up-and-comer who compromises his own potential to protect his teammate, a celebrity athlete with a reckless streak. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
Sept. 5, 10, & 13. Talks by local health practitioners. Sept. 5: Chiropractor Amanda Childress on "Allergies and Asthma Arrested." Sept. 10: Holistic health practitioner Cindy Klement on "Health Benefits and Risks of Caffeine." Sept. 13: Doula Dawn Bussey on "What Is a Doula, Anyway?"
7 p.m., Whole Foods Cooking & Lifestyles Classroom, 3135 Washtenaw. Free, but preregistration required. 975-4500. [map]
"Preventing Gun Violence": Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice/Physicians for the Prevention of Gun Violence.more >
"Preventing Gun Violence": Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice/Physicians for the Prevention of Gun Violence.< less
Talk by Harvard Injury Control Research Center director David Hemenway.
7 p.m., St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center auditorium, 5305 Elliott Dr. (near Parking Lot P, off E. Huron River Dr. at Clark Rd.). Free. 973-2345. [map]
Chelsea Community Kitchen board member and Ellie's Chocolate Café owner Judy Radant demonstrate how to prepare easy, nutritious lunches that kids and adults will really eat (and enjoy).
7-8:30 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
(Jake Schreier, 2012). Comic drama about a retired cat burgler whose 2 grown kids, concerned he is no longer able to live alone, buy him a humanoid robot companion. Frank Langella, James Marsden, Liv Tyler, Susan Sarandon.
Michigan Theater. Tickets $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). 668-TIME, michtheater.org. [map]
This nontraditional eclectic string quartet, led by violinist Jeremy Cohen, plays jazz, blues, tango, swing, funk, and pop. They won a tango music competition in 2004, and their albums have been nominated five times for Grammy Awards.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Cost TBA. Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
Traditional Scottish and Irish music by a band led by this acclaimed Irish-born singer-flautist.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at Herb David Guitar Studio and the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com), and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
Sept. 13-16. Andy Ballnik directs local actors in Cole Porter's delightful Depression-era musical about romantic liaisons among the passengers on an ocean liner bound from New York to England. The score contains many of Porter's best-known and most lyrically erudite songs, including "I Get a Kick out of You," "Blow, Gabriel, Blow," "You're the Top," and the title song. Stars Sarah Brown, Patrick Ballnik, and Meredith Deighton.
8 p.m. (except Sept. 16, 2 p.m.), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $25 (seniors age 60 & over, $22; students, $13; Thurs., $19) in advance at a2ct.org & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 971-2228. [map]
Documentary about 2 South Africans who set out to discover what happened to their musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock 'n' roller Rodriguez.
Time TBA, Michigan Theater. Tickets $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]