Sept. 25-Oct. 1: (Michael McGowan, 2012). An elderly couple fight against local authorities in rural New Brunswick to build their final home.
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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]
Juried show of Halloween art by more than 2 dozen artists, including whimsical painted collages and wood carvings, papier-mache sculptures, pumpkin dolls, wood-fired face jugs, sculpted witches, and more. Early admission includes a shopping tote and treats.
8 a.m.-4 p.m., Chelsea Fairgrounds, 20501 W. Old US-12 (west off Main St.), Chelsea. $20 (admission after 10 a.m., $5; kids age 10 & under, free). No strollers. (269) 553-1852. [map]
A 2-person scramble (both players hit the best ball on every shot), with the pins placed in the most difficult possible locations--with a good chance the weather will be lousy to boot. Open to all golfers; no handicaps.
8:15 a.m., Leslie Park Golf Course, 2120 Traver Rd. $100 per team (includes greens fee, continental breakfast, lunch, & prizes). Preregistration required. 794-6245. [map]
Sept. 27 & 28. Household items, furniture, clothing, and more.
8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sept. 27) & 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (Sept. 28), Dexter United Methodist Church, 7643 Huron River Dr., Dexter. Free admission. 426-8480. [map]
Display and sale of a wide array of cultural and commercial artifacts from the early fur trade and the French and Indian War through the western Indian wars.
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $5. (248) 840-7070. [map]
All invited to help city staff maintain the natural areas in various city parks. Also, staffers lead a short nature walk at the end of each workday. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance.
Sept. 8: Marshall Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking lot on Dixboro just north of Plymouth) and Sugarbush Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the entrance near the tennis courts on Rumsey St. at the north end of Georgetown Blvd. off Plymouth) to remove invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle. Also a walk through Sugarbush to look for its special features, including blue ash and pawpaw trees.
Sept. 15: Hannah Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the entrance at the end of Bath St., west of Seventh between Huron and Miller) to remove invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle.
Sept. 21 : Sunset-Brooks Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, Sunset Rd. at the end of Brooks St.) to clear trails and spread woodchips in this oak-hickory woodland, and Hollywood Park (9 a.m.-noon, Sequoia Pkwy. near the intersection of Archwood Dr.) and Miller Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the entrance on Westwood north of Arborview) to remove invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle.
Sept. 28: Greenview Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, across from Barnard Rd. on Greenview Rd. off Scio Church Rd. west of S. Seventh St.) to remove invasive shrubs and spread woodchips on the trails and Argo Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking lot north of the Argo Canoe Livery off Longshore Dr.) to remove invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle.
Oct. 6: Mary Beth Doyle Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the end of Verle west off Platt south of Packard) to remove invasive shrubs and help improve the trails, and Bird Hills Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the Bird Rd. entrance) to remove invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle.
Oct. 12: Wurster Park (9 a.m.-noon, entrance at the cul-de-sac on Edgewood Pl. off W. Davis between Third St. & Fifth St.) to remove invasive shrubs and spread woodchips on the trails, and Miller Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the Arborview entrance, just east of Wildwood) to help clear trails and spread woodchips.
Oct. 13: Kuebler Langford Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the Beechwood entrance off Sunset just north of M-14) to collect seeds and learn how to identify native plants in the seed-bearing stage of their growth cycle.
Oct. 26: Dicken Woods Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, Dicken Dr. off S. Maple) to help remove invasive buckthorn, plant perennials, and work on trail maintenance, and Molin Nature Area (1-4 p.m., Powell Rd. from Columbia Ave. east of Kimberly from Packard just west of Eisenhower) to remove invasive shrubs.
Various times & locations. Free. 996-3266.
5-km family run (or walk) through trails in the Arb. Leashed dogs welcome.
9 a.m., Nichols Arboretum, 1610 Washington Hts. $25 (includes T-shirt). Dogs, $5 (includes bandanna). Preregistration required at mbgna.umich.edu. 647-7600. [map]
Sept. 27 & 28. Two-day community festival and juried art fair. Sept. 27: An old-fashioned Oktoberfest, with a beer garden with German brews and traditional German food. Also, live music by the popular Detroit 70s and 80s classic rock band 50 Amp Fuse. Sept. 28: Kids activities, live music, food and drinks, and more.
5-11 p.m. (Sept. 27) & 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sept. 28), downtown Saline. Free. 316-2119.
Baby Care Basics - Ann Arbor - September 28
This class, offered by the U-M Health System's MHealthy Health Education Resource Center, is designed to give you a complete head-to-toe look at how to care for your newborn. Topics include bathing, diapering, safety, and much more. We recommend taking this class at the beginning of your third trimester. Class meets 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, September 28 at the East Ann Arbor Health & Geriatric Center; 4260 Plymouth Rd. Cost is $15 per person. For more information call 734-647-5645 or toll free at 1-800-433-6348. Registration is required at: http://hr.umich.edu/mhealthy/tools/education/herc/events.html
East Ann Arbor Health Center, 4260 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. $15. 734/764-0396. firstname.lastname@example.org http://hr.umich.edu/mhealthy/tools/education/herc/ [map]
Sept. 28 & 29. A chance to tour newly remodeled homes in Washtenaw County.
10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sept. 28) & noon-6 p.m. (Sept. 29), various locations. $10. Tickets and maps available at any of the tour houses, at BRAGAnnArbor.com, and at the BRAG Ann Arbor office, 179 Little Lake Dr., off Parkland Plaza from eastbound Jackson between Wagner & Zeeb. 996-0100.
An exhibit of Thom Bohnert's drawings and sculpture opens at Yourist Studio Gallery on Tuesday, August 27 and runs through Friday, October 4, 2013, with an artist's reception on Friday, September 13, 2013 from 5 to 8 pm.
Bohnert brings a unique blend of engineering, poetry, and whimsy to his art, often combining wire armature, wet-looking clay fragments, and surfaces that reflect his deep understanding of clay and glaze chemistry. His evocative, archaeological forms challenge viewers to expand their thinking about the possibilities of clay as medium. Bohnert received an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1971 and has taught drawing and ceramics at Mott Community College in Flint for the past 40 years. His work is widely exhibited and published. Please visit youristpottery.com for gallery hours.
The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. Free. 734-662-4914. email@example.com youristpottery.com [map]
A chance to press apple cider and make applesauce and apple butter. Also, an apple baked goods sale, apple tastings, an apple pie-making demo, a solar cooker demonstration (weather dependent), kids activities, and the Apple Heritage Museum, a traveling collection of the history of apple uses in Washtenaw County. Apples available for purchase.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. 769-1052. [map]
All invited to shoot around barricades at targets in a simulated self-defense scenario. Bring your own gun and ammunition.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., TCSL, 8640 Moon (between E. Michigan Ave. & Willis Rd.), Saline. $20 per round ($10 per additional round). 429-9561. [map]
All kids, accompanied by a parent, invited to walk on trails, in the conservatory, or through the Gaffield Children's Garden at Matthaei. Instructions for self-guided activities available. Each child receives a mini-magnifying glass to take home.
10 a.m.-noon, Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]
A book fair and daylong literary symposium that focuses on Michigan writers and the craft of writing, including readings by young writers who have participated in 826michigan programs and had their work published in the annual Omnibus Anthology, teen performance poetry, and panel discussions on women memoirists, writers from the U.P., and writers who use the supernatural to elucidate Michigan's past and imagine its future.
10 a.m.-evening, Rackham Auditorium. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org. [map]
Enjoy a warm slice of artisan bread, soft and wholesome within, crunchy and crusty on the outside, and fresh from your oven. Learn how to prepare a variety of artisan favorites and enjoy reveling in the mouth-watering aromas of fresh baking bread throughout class. Experience the soulful joy that comes from pulling a fresh loaf from the oven. You will learn the basics of bread making to guarantee beautifully baked bread every time.
*Please note: This class will run at approximately 4 hours.*
Register at www.surlatable.com
Sur La Table, 3050 Washtenaw Ave, Suite 109. $69 per person. 734-531-0304. www.surlatable.com [map]
Every Sat. & Sun., Sept. 14-Oct. 27 and Sept. 27. A carnival atmosphere with a variety of family-oriented fall activities on this 6th-generation family farm. Hayrides, the Hippity Hop Holler, a petting farm, a Noah's Ark inflatable, the Spine Chilling MindShaft, a corn maze, a giant slide, a bungee run, and more. Pony rides, face painting, and other activities available on Sat. & Sun. for an extra charge.
11 a.m.-6 p.m., Wiard's Orchards, 5565 Merritt Rd. (east of Carpenter), Ypsilanti. $14.25 admission (babies 23 months & under, free; group rates available). 390-9211. [map]
Please join us for this special event -- a double trunk show, featuring two of our most popular artists' newest designs. JEWELRY by ALEX SEPKUS from New York, and FURNITURE by TOM SVEC from Pennsylvania. This expansive collection of beautiful intricate Fine Jewelry will be on display Sept 27-28, and Handcrafted Furniture will be on display Sept 27-29. Hours for this dual event are Friday from noon-10pm, Saturday from 11am-5:30pm, and the Svec show continues on Sunday from noon-6pm. More information at seloshevelgallery.com, or call 734-761-4620.
Selo/Shevel Gallery, 301 S. Main St. Free. 734-761-4620. email@example.com www.seloshevelgallery.com [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. beginning Sept. 7. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring how scientists search for life on other planets.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
This class will work on the basic steps to this popular inversion. Never before balanced on your hands? Got some handstand know-how but want some tips and tricks? This class works with beginner-level students on building the courage and strategies for inversions on the hands. Focuses on alignment, flexibility, and strength. Will also cover spotting, falling, breath, and subtle adjustment. Each class includes 15-20 minutes of warm-up and stretching, followed by demonstration of handstand tips and tricks, and practice with spotters.
$15 per student
Drop in students welcome, but registering online will guarantee you a spot in class!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $15. (734) 726-0353. firstname.lastname@example.org http://a2aviary.com/offerings/hand-balance/ [map]
Cookies bring out the kid in all of us. Formality seems to slip away when someone offers you a homemade cookie. Bring out your inner child and your child to our kitchen as we bake up some delicious cookies. We'll show you how to roll two doughs into one cookie as we mix up Chocolate Marble Chunk Cookies. Next we'll take a classic and kick it up a notch in the Spiced Apple Oatmeal Cookies. Finally, we'll conclude with a Lemon-Fennel Shortbread, an unusual twist on a favorite fall cookie. Full participation. This class is for ages 6 and up with an adult. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $65 for Parent + 1 child; $85 for Parent + 2 children. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
The Chelsea Monitor vintage baseball club plays an exhibition of 1860-rules baseball against a team organized by Chelsea Alehouse. Followed at 3 p.m. by a program that includes a talk by Monitor captain Jon Van Hoek on the history of baseball in Chelsea. Also (tentatively), talks by Chelsea Area Historical Society member Cary Church on the history of bars and saloons in Chelsea and by Chelsea Alehouse owner Chris Martinson on the processor brewing beer and the history of beer-making. A portion of Alehouse proceeds today donated to the CAHS.
1 p.m., Timbertown Park, off Sibley Rd. (just north of downtown), & 3 p.m., Chelsea Alehouse, 420 N. Main, suite 100, Chelsea. Free; pay for your own food & drink. 476-2010. [map]
Every Fri.-Sun., Sept. 20-Nov. 3. Possibly Washtenaw County's most baffling corn maze, this vegetable labyrinth features over 8 miles of paths that form 2 intricate designs precision-cut with Farm Works software and a GPS unit. This year's "farmyard" theme features a maze shaped like a tractor and one shaped like a barn. New this year, a "Kidz CORNer," with barrel train rides, straw mounds, pumpkin bowling, and more. Also, beginning Oct. 4, an all-ages haunted corn maze every Fri. & Sat. (dark-10 p.m.). Take a flashlight if coming after dark. Adjacent to Wasem's Orchards.
6-10 p.m. (Fri.), 1-10 p.m. (Sat.), & 1-6 p.m. (Sun.), 6270 Judd Rd. (left off McCrone/Stoney Creek east off the US-23 Willis Rd. exit). $7 (kids ages 5-11, $6) per maze; $12 (kids, $10) for both. talladayfarms.com 645-1791. [map]
This class can take your flexibility from basic warm up stretching to beginning contortion poses, all levels are welcome to train at your own pace. We will focus on safely exploring your limits through proper warm up and mat exercises to take home. Come increase your bendy power, learn to prevent injuries through safe stretching, breathe, and stretch in a supportive environment.
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $12. (734) 726-0353. email@example.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/flexibility/ [map]
Will Weber, PhD presents the keynote address Entitled "A Call for Evermore Imaginative Engagement with the Planet" at this historic event. Drawing on more than 40 years of boundary breaking international explorations, visionary eco-tourism pioneer Will Weber reflects on the joys and opportunities of travel in a world of changing climate, evolving cultures, and increased connectedness. As travelers, we are advocates for peace, environmental preservation, and international understanding, one cross-cultural relationship at a time.
Following the opening address, forum attendees will be able to participate in presentations and conversations with JOURNEYS partners and guests from 15 countries around the world including Nepal, Myanmar, Panama, Uganda/Rwanda, Costa Rica, Bhutan, and India. Conversation on Disappearing Destinations, Exploring Buddhist Asia, Encountering the Great Apes, Connecting Across Cultures, Trekking the High Trails, How to take Breathtaking Photographs, and more.
Michigan Union, 530 S. State St. Free. 734-665-4407. firstname.lastname@example.org www.journeys.travel [map]
Sept. 14, 21, & 28. The U-M city team (which includes townies as well as U-M grad students, faculty, and staff) plays Midwest Rugby Union rivals Toledo Celtics (Sept. 14), Grand Rapids Gazelles (Sept. 28), Kalamazoo Dogs (Oct. 5), and Tri-City Barbarians (Oct. 19), and a team of U-M rugby alumni in the annual Olde Blue Alumni Match (Sept. 21).
1 p.m., Riverside Park, 1009 Canal St. (off Wall St.). Free. michiganrugby.org. 417-4534. [map]
Local playwright Aral Gribble, Carla Milarch, and Jim Wheeler's musical about how a brave friend helped an incorrigible bully turn his life around. Milk & cookies. For kids in grades K-8.
1 p.m., Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Tickets $10 (youth under age 16, $7) in advance at performancenetwork.org & by phone, and at the door. For reservations or to charge by phone, call 663-0681. [map]
Sept. 21, 22, 28, & 29. Museum staff give family-friendly science demos. Sept. 21 & 22: "Mighty Motion" features gravity, inertia, and air resistance experiments, including the chance to see a tray of eggs launched with a broom. Sept. 28 & 29: "Luminosity" features experiments with light, such as making a dill pickle light up.
1 & 3 p.m., AAHOM Legacy Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. Two different audiovisual planetarium shows.
The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Sat. & 1:30 p.m. both days) is an exploration of the current night sky.
Flight Adventures (Sat. 12:30 p.m & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show examining the science of flight through the eyes of a young girl and her grandfather as they explore how birds, kites, planes, and models fly and learn about the history and future of human flight.
Various times, Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
Learn how to cut & etch with a LASER this Saturday!
Cost: We ask for $10 to $15 for this class.
What does all this wonderful time and money get you?
- Basic instruction on how to use the laser cutter
- 1 hour (in addition / after class time) of use on the laser cutter, with the ability to pay for more time ($10 p/hour for members, $12 p/hour for non members)
- Satisfaction in helping create a fund to maintain, repair, upgrade the laser cutter!
Basic class plans:
- Basic image editing and generation
- Difference between raster and vector
- Pre cut flight check
- How to size your document
- Laser cutter set up and lock/unlock
- Power settings and configurations
- Cleaning the bed
- Basic trouble shooting
- Acceptable materials
- Post cut flight check
FYI: This class is limited to just 8 people. PREREGISTER at http://www.allhandsactive.com/events/ now to guarantee your spot!
This class repeats every fourth Saturday of the month!
All Hands Active, 525 E. Liberty St. Donation. $10 to $15. (734) 707-8242. email@example.com http://www.allhandsactive.com/events/ [map]
Programs presented by WRA park interpreter Katie McGlashen or other WRA park interpreters.
Sept. 1 (10 a.m.): "Labor Day Fitness Walk." All invited to join one of several walks through the park, from long, hilly hikes to a lass rugged 1.5-mile scavenger hunt trail. Snacks & drinks available. Preceded at 9:30 a.m. by warm-up games for kids. Registration begins at 9 a.m.
Sept. 6 & 20 (1 p.m.): "Geocaching 101." All invited to learn how to use a handheld GPS unit to navigate park trails on a treasure hunt. Bring a few small trinkets to trade, if you can.
Sept. 13 & 27 and Oct. 4, 11, & 18 (3-4:30 p.m.): "Arrows Away." All adults and youth age 8 & up invited to learn the basics of archery.
Oct. 11 & 18 (noon-2 p.m.): "Apple Cider Pressing." All invited to make cider. Apples provided.
Oct. 18 (11 a.m.): "Geocache Trick or Treating." Hikers of any age able to follow rugged hilly terrain invited to learn how to use a GPS unit to navigate trails in search of hidden treats.
Nov. 22 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Turkey Talk." Talk on how the North American wild turkey was brought back from the brink of extinction. McGlashen also dresses an audience volunteer in some props to represent turkey adaptations and behavior, and participants can make a turkey call to take home
Various times, Eddy Discovery Center (except as noted), Bush Rd. (west from Pierce Rd. off I-94 exit 157), Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. Free. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.
This party to celebrate Washtenaw County Hispanic Heritage Month includes dancing to live music, soccer and tennis, face painting, and more. Raffle. Food available.
2-6 p.m., Mitchell Elementary School, 3550 Pittsview. Free, but donations accepted. 926-4656. [map]
Every Thurs.-Sat, Sept. 26-Oct. 20. Thalia Schramm directs this local professional company in George Furth and Stephen Sondheim's brassy, earthy 1970 musical comedy about an exorbitantly uncommitted Manhattan bachelor and his mostly married friends. The Tony-winning score includes such hit songs as "The Ladies Who Lunch," "Being Alive," "The Little Things You Do Together," and "Side by Side by Side." Cast: Steve DeBruyne, Wendy Katz Hiller, Katie Lietz, Sonja Marquis, Greg Bailey Pete Podolski, Tara Tomcsik-Husak, and other local actors.
7 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 3 p.m. (Sat., Sun., & Oct. 17), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Thurs. eve.: $26 (seniors age 545 & older and youth age 17 & under, $24; groups of 10 or more, $22); Fri. & Sat. eve.: $32 (seniors age 55 & older and youth age 17 & under, $29; groups of 10 or more, $26); Thurs., Sat., & Sun. matinee: $28 (seniors age 55 & older and youth age 17 & under, $25; groups of 10 or more, $24). Tickets available in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. 268-6200. [map]
Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 19-Dec. 14, except Nov. 28. Local actors present a revival of Jeff Daniels' acclaimed 1993 comedy about a Midwestern flight attendant who is having a midlife crisis complicated by memories of his dead father and the fact that his wife wants him to have a vasectomy. Cast: Richard McWilliams, Stephanie Buck, David Bendena, Michael Brian Ogden, Drew Parker, Rusty Mewha, Nathan Eyde, and Rhiannon Ragland.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Sept. 19-25 previews: Tickets $22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $32 (Sat. eve.). After Sept. 25: Tickets $27 (Wed. & Thurs.), $37 (Fri. eves. & weekend matinees), & $42 (Sat. eves.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
Screenings of several independent short horror films in various subgenres by filmmakers from around the world, including some locally made films.
3:30, 6:30, & 8:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $10 ($16 for 2 shows, $23 for all 3) in advance at ticketweb.com and at the door. 668-TIME. [map]
Come Try Ringette FREE!
For girls ages 12 to 18.
4:00 - 4:50 pm with a short parent meeting afterward.
Helmet REQUIRED. A hockey, bike, skateboarding, etc. helmet is fine. If you have hockey equipment or elbow or knee pads, feel free to bring those as well.
Pre-registration is best but if you cannot do that for some reason then just show up! Pre-registration can be done at:
We need more skaters and a goalie for our team. We are going up to North Bay, Ontario from Dec. 31 to Jan. 4 or 5 to play in a tournament and celebrate our sport. During the tournament, we will play U16 teams from Canada, Finland and Sweden!
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr., Ann Arbor, MI. Free. email@example.com http://www.aaringette.org [map]
Sept. 27-Oct. 3. (Nicole Holofcener, 2013). Sharp-witted comedy about a divorced single parent dreading her daughter's impending departure for college who meets a sweet-funny like-minded man also facing an empty nest. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener.
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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]
A pre-party to celebrate LGBT History Month (October), this annual event features a Necto Dance Pavilion with dancing to music spun by a DJ. Also, political and community interest tables, a silent auction, a beer garden, and food vendors.
5-11 p.m., Braun Ct. parking lot. Free admission. 663-0036.
The younger of the 2 Ann Arbor-based USA Hockey national development teams plays this U.S. Hockey League rival.
7 p.m., Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr. at Scio Church Rd. $7 (seniors, students, active military, & kids, $5; youth hockey players with jerseys, $1). 327-9251. [map]
Every Fri. & Sat. Sept. 28-Oct. 26, every Sun. in Oct., and Oct. 24, 30, & 31. Six different scary attractions--including a haunted hayride, alien clowns, the Asylum, and more--bristling with over 115 costumed monsters. Refreshments available.
7:15-11:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 7:15-10:30 p.m. (Sun. & Oct. 30 & 31), 5565 Merritt Rd., Ypsilanti. $18 (except Sun. & Oct. 24, 30, & 31, $17) for access to one area; $36 (except Sun. & Oct. 24, 30, & 31, $40) for all areas. 390-9208. [map]
Reuven AnafShalom and Ed Vincent call to live music by the Liberty String Band. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a beginner lesson.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $10 (members, $9; students, $5). 786-8380. [map]
Dexter classic rock band that recently reunited after disbanding in the early 80s. Their repertoire includes songs by the Beatles, the Eagles, and Crosby, Stills, & Nash. Opening act is singer-guitarist Noelle Caprarese, a Saline High School junior who won the school's talent show last winter for her performance of "Safe & Sound" from the Hunger Games soundtrack.
7:30 p.m., Mangiamo, 107 W. Michigan Ave, Saline. $10 by reservation and at the door. Preferred seating for dinner customers. 429-0060. [map]
Please join us for an evening of desserts, wine and fundraising. Lots of great items up for bid including theater tickets, family passes to zoos, parks and swim clubs, restaurant and local store packages and much more. Lamaze Family Center empowers, educates, and supports families from pregnancy to preschool. Proceeds from the silent auction will help to support our free community programs.
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $20 per ticket. Food & Drinks included. (734) 973-1014. firstname.lastname@example.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
A chance to join local astronomy buffs for a look at the sky through instruments, including the Peach Mountain Observatory's huge, 24-inch McMath telescope. Participants encouraged to bring their own telescopes. Visitors must turn off all electronic equipment (car radios, transmitters, phones, etc.) at the observatory entrance. Program canceled if sky is overcast at sunset or if the weather is extremely inclement. If in doubt, call 975-3248 after 4 p.m. day of event.
Sunset-11 p.m. or later (as long as the sky remains clear), Peach Mountain Observatory, North Territorial Rd. (about 1 1⁄4 miles west of Hudson Mills Metropark), Dexter. Free. 975-3248.
I've always wondered what was hidden behind that mysterious gate on North Territorial. I learned a lot last night from all of the hobbyist and professional astronomers who brought out their big telescopes to look at the "double-double" (two double stars of Lyra), Saturn (with the ring and all), globular and open clusters, and three other galaxies. Thank you to everyone for being so willing to share what you know and to show off your technology!
Violinists Gloria Kitto Lewis and Gabe Bolkosky and cellist Jacobsen Woollen perform Leclair's Sonata no. 3 in D major, Mozart's Rondo in C major, Schumann's Concerto in D minor, and Mozart's Don Giovanni Overture.
8 p.m., St. Thomas the Apostle Church, State & Kingsley. Donation. 995-1953.
Sept. 27 & 28. Directed by Glenn Edgerton, this widely respected Chicago-based modern dance troupe performs resident choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo's One Thousand Pieces, the company's first full-length commissioned work since beginning over 35 years ago. The fast-moving, abstract work was inspired by Marc Chagall's America Windows, the historic panels of stained glass on permanent display at the Art Institute of Chicago, and is set to music by renowned American composer Philip Glass. The production creates a stunning interplay of color and light: the dancers, donned in blue and red costumes to emulate the colors of Chagall's glass, glide across a water-streaked floor, amid reflective screens, fog, and mist. "Like Chagall, in whose work both human figures and objects seem to float in a dreamy space that defies gravity, Cerrudo has a way of setting his dancers into motion that is so fluid, torquelike and shape-shifting that they seem to skim the surface of the stage," writes a Chicago Sun-Times reviewer. In conjunction with the performances, Hubbard Street is offering a master class at the YMCA on Wednesday, September 25th at 7:30 open to dancers of all levels ages 13 and up. (Free, but space is limited. Sign up begins at 6:45.)
8 p.m., Power Center. $20-$54, in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538.
Sept. 27 & 28. An irreverent, nervously energetic jokester from Boston with a raspy voice, Tobin likes to talk about religion, gun control, and other touchy subjects. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 314 E. Liberty. $10 reserved seating in advance, $12 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
Band led by this local self-styled "indie soul" singer-songwriter best known as the former guitarist in My Dear Disco. He has a new CD, Romance Without Finance.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and the ark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
Every Thurs.-Sun., Sept. 26-Oct. 27. Tim Rhoze directs John Manfredi in Dennis O'Hare and Lisa Peterson's one-man drama, an adaptation of the Robert Fagles translation of Homer. The play spins the familiar tale of divine interventions, endless battles, and undying love through the eyes of an anonymous narrator whose enigmatic experiences of humanity's deep-seated attraction to violence, destruction, and chaos reverberate with contemporary wars and civil conflicts. Edge Boston calls it "Haunting, poetic, mesmerizing, and ultimately, astonishing."
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 3 p.m. (Oct. 12 & 26), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Sept. 26), $24 & $26 (Sept. 27 & 29), $30 & $32 (Sept. 28), and $22 & $24 (Oct. 3). Oct. 4 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After Oct. 4: $27 & $29 (Thurs.), $34 & $36 (Fri. & Sun.), $27 & $29 (Sat. matinee), $39 & $41 (Sat. eve.). $3 discount for seniors age 60 & over. Tickets available in advance at performancenetwork.org & by phone, and at the door. $10 student discount in advance, half-price student tickets at the door only. For reservations, call 663-0681; to charge by phone, call 663-0696. [map]
Sept. 19-22 & 25-28. Laura Bird directs local actors in Ken Ludwig's comedy of errors about opening night at the fictitious Cleveland Grand Opera Company. The star, a world-famous tenor known as "Il Stupendo," arrives too late to rehearse and then passes out and is taken for dead. Another singer is persuaded to pose as him, but trouble starts when Il Stupendo comes to and tries to reclaim his role. Stars Brooks Hoste, Dennis Platte, Dick Ward, Marie Jones, Drew Benson, Mary Hopper, and Mary Francheschi.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sept. 22 & 25), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (students & seniors, $12; Thurs., pay what you can) in advance at showtix4u.com & by phone, and at the door. 483-7345. [map]
This popular annual concert with an elegant Parisian cabaret ambience features a program of music with various Parisian connections. The lineup includes sopranos Jane Schoonmaker Rogers and Elizabeth Pearse; mezzo sopranos Monica Swarthout Bebow and Deanna Relyea; flutist Brandy Hudelson; violinists Maria Bessmeltseva and Priscilla Johnson; and pianists Michele Cooker, Allison Halerz, Kevin Bylsma, and Jean Schneider. Also, champagne.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $20-$35 (students, $15). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
This U-M student theater troupe kicks off its season with its most popular event, a wild evening of one-act plays created and rehearsed in just a day.
10 p.m. (tentative), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Studio 1, 1226 Murfin (North Campus). Free. basementarts.org. [map]