Oct. 4-10. (Peter Landesman, 2013). Drama recounting of the chaotic events that occurred at Dallas' Parkland Hospital on the day U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
State 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.
Every Fri. Slow-paced rides, 20 miles or more, to the Coney Island in Whitmore Lake for a 10:30 a.m. breakfast or early lunch.
10 a.m. (Apr.) & 9 a.m.(May), Olson Park, Dhu Varren at Pontiac Trail. Free. 476-4944, 996-9461.
Class meets Fridays, October 4 - November 8.
Ingmar Bergman was among the most accomplished twentieth-century filmmakers in the depth of his psychological portrayals, the relevance of his insights and the artistry of his film technique. To quote Woody Allen, Ingmar Bergman was "probably the greatest film artist, all things considered, since the invention of the motion picture camera." We will screen and then discuss six films that will allow us to understand Bergman's artistic achievements. We will also study the phases of his career and his personal development. The films are: Smiles of a Summer Night (1955), The Seventh Seal (1957), Winter Light (1963), Persona (1966), Cries and Whispers (1972), and Fanny and Alexander (1982). Led by Ira Konigsberg.
Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, 2900 Jackson Ave. $35. 734-998-9351. email@example.com www.olli-umich.org [map]
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. firstname.lastname@example.org youristpottery.com [map]
This award-winning local children's theater company presents local playwright Jeff Duncan's adaptation of an Italian folktale. When the village healer's clumsy assistant refuses to follow her instructions, her magical cooking pot goes out of control, inundating their small Italian village with pasta.
11 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]
Are you looking for a quiet place where you can relax deeply and de-stress? Give yourself an hour to let go and return balance with the use of guided sound healing, breath and imagery; your body will thank you! No experience with sound healing necessary.
Fridays 12:00 - 1:00 pm. Six week session from 9/13 - 10/18.
Amy Koch, PT is a Certified Sound Healer and has lead groups in chanting, toning and sonic prayer. She also teaches meditation and breath awareness as part of her holistic healing practice.
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. Fifth Ave. $60 for 6 weeks (drop-in, $12). 734-769-6100. email@example.com www.hygeiacenter.org [map]
CDL and Chelsea Senior Center staff lead a book discussion for all adults.
Sept. 6: A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson's hilarious best-seller about his 5-month-long adventure hiking the Appalachian Trail.
Oct. 4: The Good Father, Noah Hawley's suspenseful psychological novel about a physician's quest to unlock the mind of a suspected political assassin--his own 20-year-old son.
Nov. 1: Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer's account of the harrowing experiences of a group of mountain climbers who attempted Mt. Everest.
1 p.m., Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
An AASO string quintet performs Janacek's Suite and Dvorak's String Quintet no. 2. With violinists Karen Donato and Linda Etter, violist Joe Deller, cellist Eric Amidon, and bassist Gregg Emerson Powell. The program begins at 1 p.m. with dessert and socializing.
1:30 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $8. 971-0990. [map]
Come beautify the city with the Ypsilanti Free Skool 2pm on Friday, October 4th at Frog Island (Next to Depot Town near Cross St, Parking Near Forrest St. Entrance)
Learn about the art movement Upcycling and participate in making something our community can appreciate.
There will be materials provided, and some foraging will take place (it'll be a good way to clean up the park too) Please bring adhesives and anything you'd like to contribute.
We'll wrap it all up with a discussion of where we'll want to install our art project. Hope to see you there
Frog Island, Next to Depot Town, Ypsilanti. Free. Bring Something to Transform!. firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.facebook.com/events/430525680391527/
All kids ages 6-11 invited to read for 15-minutes or more to an adult or teen volunteer trained to encourage young readers.
2-3:30 p.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
(Paromita Vohra, 2011). Documentary about the gray area between artists who use others' work as inspiration and criminals who are plagiarizing and pirating others' work. Followed by Q&A with the director.
4 p.m., 1636 International Institute/SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 615-4059. [map]
Every Mon.-Fri. (except Oct. 14 & 15) & Oct. 5 & 19. 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.
4:45-6:15 p.m. (except Oct. 5, 10 a.m.-noon and Oct. 19, 8 a.m.-noon), Elbel Field, Hill at Division. Free. 764-0582.
With screenings of the 30-minute planetarium show Star Talk (5:30, 6:30, 7:30, & 8:30 p.m.) about what you can see in the current night sky, a reading of Lydia Monks' Aaaargghh! Spider! (6 & 7 p.m.) with images from the book projected on the planetarium dome, and the interactive fossil-casting demo "Make a Good Impression" (6 p.m.). Space limited for each event.
5-9 p.m., Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free admission. Planetarium shows are $3. 764-0478. [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]
Every Mon. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 35-45 or 55-65 miles, to either Stockbridge, Grass Lake, Napoleon, Munith, or Pleasant Lake.
9 a.m., meet at Aberdeen Bike & Fitness, 1175 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. (517) 285-6830. [map]
A mingling of complex flavors and exquisite textures makes eating Thai food a sensual and exciting experience. In this hands-on class you'll participate with your date and others to learn how to combine aromatic herbs and spices with quintessential ingredients to create a delicious Thai meal. You'll learn tips and techniques on how to best balance the unique flavors of Thailand for restaurant-quality, intensely flavorful dishes. MENU: Steamed Mussels in Chile-Coconut Broth - Pork Tenderloin with Red Curry Peanut Sauce - Green Papaya Salad - Fried Bananas with Ginger Ice Cream. To register visit, www.surlatbale.com
Sur La Table, 3050 Washtenaw Ave, Suite 109. $69 per person. 734-531-0304. www.surlatable.com [map]
Are you curious about aerial arts and circus style fitness, but don't know where to start? Try a bit of everything at this all levels 1.5 hour aerial sampler platter! Students will get an overview of the basics of Aerial Silks, Aerial Hammock, Lyra (Aerial Hoop), and Static Trapeze as well as ample time to play on each apparatus. Who wants to try it all?
$25 per student
6 student maximum
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $25. (734) 726-0353. email@example.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/aerial-sampler/ [map]
Back by popular demand! Bring your special someone and have some fun in the kitchen cooking up this fun FRENCH COUNTRY menu! And please feel free to bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal. Full participation. Menu: Simple Fall Greens Salad with Dijon and Red Wine Vinaigrette and Garlic-Toasted Baguette Croutons; Traditional Boef Bourguignon with Pearl Onions and Mushrooms; Herb-Roasted Carrots, Parsnips, and Potatoes; Apple Tarte Tatain serve a la Mode. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $150/pair. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
All invited for dinner, preceded by a brief Shabbat observance with songs, candle lighting, wine and challah, and discussion on a theme TBA. Children welcome.
6:30-9 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $10 (family, $25). Reservations required at jewishculturalsociety.org. 975-9872. [map]
Local roots blues quintet led by singer-guitarist Bruce Conforth, a U-M American culture professor who was the 1st curator of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The band's varied repertoire encompasses a wide spectrum of blues traditions and styles, from Mississippi Delta country blues and Piedmont/East Coast blues to 1930s string and jug band music and the piano blues of the likes of Roosevelt Sykes and Meade Lux Lewis. With fiddler and keyboardist Anne Crawford, harmonica player and guitarist J.T. Sunden, bassist Ben Rolston, and percussionist Michael Shimmmin.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
SOUNDS OF POWER 17th anniversary benefit concert. Guitar stylist John E. Lawrence performs at the Morris Lawrence Building, WCC campus, Friday October 4th at 7:00pm. Tickets, $25,can be purchased online (powerclf.org, Facebook) or contact POWER Inc 734.961.1990.
Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron Dr. Donation. $25. (734) 961-1990. firstname.lastname@example.org www.powerclf.org [map]
Oct. 3 & 4. 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. Retrospective of documentaries by the radical political filmmaker Shinsuke Ogawa. Japanese, subtitles.
Oct. 4: Devotion (Barbara Hammer, 2000). Documentary about the 1960s Japanese radical documentary film collective Ogawa Pro. Also, a talk by U-M film professor Markus Nornes.
Oct. 11: Forest of Oppression (Shinsuke Ogawa, 1967). Documnetary about student protests at Takasaki City University.
Oct. 18: The Battle Front for the Liberation of Japan (Shinsuke Ogawa, 1968). Documentary about student resistance to the construction of an airport at Narita in the farmers' fields east of Tokyo.
Oct. 25: Sanrizuka: Peasants of the Second Fortress (Shinsuke Ogawa, 1971). Film director Toshio Iizuka introduces this documentary about the consolidation and decline of a student movement to protest the Narita airport, featured in The Battle Front for the Liberation of Japan (see above). Followed by Q&A.
Nov. 1: "Sanrizuka: Heta Village" (Shinsuke Ogawa, 1973). Quiet documentary of 11 scenes, mostly rendered in single takes, that create a portrait of the farmers in a small village who are resisting resettlement due to the construction of an airport.
Nov. 8: "Dokkoi! Songs from the Bottom" (Shinsuke Ogawa, 1975). Touching documentary about a community of day laborers living in rundown flophouses in Yokohama.
Nov. 15: "Nippon: Furuyashiki Village" (Shinsuke Ogawa, 1982). Documentary about the history of the mountain village Furuyashiki and the difficulties faced by the villagers after an unusual cold front causes serious crop damage.
Nov. 22: "The Magino Village Story: Sundial Carved with a Thousand Years of Notches" (Shinsuke Ogaway, 1986). Meditation on history and the way it is never quite "past" in village Japan.
7 p.m., U-M Natural Science Auditorium (use the entrance nearest the Diag), 830 North University. Free. 936-7621. [map]
Verdi Opera Theatre of Michigan president John Zaretti gives a slide-illustrated talk on Verdi's life. Followed by performances of Verdi's arias and duets by U-M music students.
7 p.m., U-M Music School McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [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]
. Local callers call new dances to live music. Bring snacks to share, f you wish. Aspiring dance choreographers and callers are invited to arrive at 7 to share their ideas.
7:30-9:30 p.m., 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). Free (tips for musicians welcome). 786-8380. [map]
Led by Conga and bongo player Alberto Nacif, this local Afro-Cuban jazz band performs songs from its latest album, Elemental, and other new music. Band members include timbales player Jose Espinosa, pianist Rick Roe, timbalero player Javier Barrios, trumpeter Paul Finkbeiner, saxophonist Russel Miller, bassist Patrick Prouty, and trombonist Chris Smith.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
4 days of Korean films, sponsored by the U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies and the Global Film Initiative. Korean, subtitles.
Oct. 3: Jiseul (Meul O., 2012). Historical drama about a small 1950s South Korean village that rebels against police brutality and is subsequently labeled communist and attacked by the army.
Oct. 4: Breathless (Yang Ik-june, 2008). Drama about a loan shark who strikes up a friendship with a troubled schoolgirl as he's facing his own troubled past.
Oct. 5: Dooman River (Lu Zhang, 2010). See review. Drama about a 12-year-old boy who befriends a young North Korean immigrant who has just crossed the Dooman River border between North Korea and China.
Oct. 6: Planet of Snail (Yi Seung-Jun, 2012). Documentary about a young deaf and blind writer who depends on his wife, a cheerful woman with a spinal deformity.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 764-1825. [map]
Oct. 3-5. Veteran Detroit stand-up comic who specializes in funny tales about raising 3 kids and other aspects of family life. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty. $8 (Thurs.) & $11 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
Michael Haithcock conducts this music student ensemble and the University of North Carolina-based McIver String Quartet in Joel Puckett's Short Stories, a work commissioned by the U-M. The program also includes Milhaud's La Création du Monde, Bernstein's "Profanation" from Symphony no. 1, Weber's Concertino for Clarinet with Boston Symphony Orchestra clarinetist Michael Wayne, and local Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom's First Symphony for Band. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. in the lower lobby by a lecture on the program by Bolcom, Puckett, and Haithcock.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 764-0594. [map]
Oct. 4 & 5. One of the longest-running comedy improv groups in the country, Chicago's popular Second City troupe lampoons contemporary political, cultural, and social events in an evening of short sketches. The sketches are developed and refined nightly in improv sessions held after the regular show, when the actors take suggestions from the audience.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.org) and theark.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]
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]
Oct. 3-6 & 10-13. U-M theater professor Malcolm Tulip directs U-M drama students in British playwright Peter Barnes' Olivier-winning 1985 dark comedy, set in 14th-century France in the midst of the Black Death, that draws on Barnes' trademark blend of slapstick, surprise, and hectic comedy to celebrate the subversive power of laughter. When a sprightly monk thinks he has found his calling after he inadvertently causes laughter, founds a company of misfits who go about wearing red clown noses and offering bawdy, satirical entertainments for the amusement of the populace and the comic glory of God. But when the health crisis passes, the church hierarchy grows hostile toward the monk's disorderly new order.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $28 (students, $10) at the Michigan League Box Office in advance and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [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]
Oct. 4 & 25. All invited to peer through the telescopes in the observatory and on the Angell Hall roof and to view shows in the planetarium. Also, short astronomy presentations by club members.
9-11 p.m., 5th floor rooftop observatory, Angell Hall (enter through Haven Hall on the Diag side of the building). Free. 764-3440. [map]
"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.more >
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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. Followed at 11:30 p.m. by blues dancing. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by beginning lessons.
9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $5 (students with ID, $3; $1 discount for AACTMAD members) includes lessons. 417-9857. [map]