Oct. 11 & 12. Two-day conference with talks by visiting scholars on sports in Korea.
9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Oct. 11) & 9:30 a.m.-noon (Oct. 12), Palmer Commons Forum Hall, 100 Washtenaw. Free. 764-1825. [map]
One hour slow flow yoga class, with pranayama breath work. Suitable for all levels, ages, and walks of life. Modifications will be taught for more advanced poses. $60 for 4-week series. Drop-Ins welcome - $17 per class.
Instructor: Joy Van Bael, CMT, RYT. Joy Van Bael received her training from Eric and Lisa Paskel of the Yoga Shelter. Joy teaches a unique heart centered flow of asanas, bringing inspiration, motivation, and laughter to the room, living up to name (most days), JOY!
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. Fifth Ave. $60 for 4 weeks. 734-769-6100. email@example.com www.hygeiacenter.org [map]
Brian Druker and Charles Sawyers discuss their research that transformed chronic myeloid leukemia from an always fatal disease to a manageable condition. Druker and Sawyers are also presented the Taubman Prize.
10 a.m.-noon, Biomedical Sciences Kahn Auditorium, 109 Zina Pitcher Pl. (off E. Ann east of Glen) Free. 232-9965. [map]
Join us as we take Bittman's approach directly to the kitchen. Learn by example and hands-on as we explore basic techniques in three sessions, covering grains, meat and seafood. We'll go over useful information like general techniques, how to choose cuts of meat and seafood, and various practical tips for recognizing doneness, adjusting seasoning and ultimately trusting your instincts. As a special bonus, you'll go home with a copy of Bittman's How to Cook Everything: The Basics
*This is part of a three class series dates are 10/11, 10/18 & 10/25*
Register online at www.surlatable.com
Sur La Table, 3050 Washtenaw Ave, Suite 109. $169.96 per person. 734-531-0304. www.surlatable.com [map]
All kids in grades K-5 invited to come in costume as their favorite Star Wars character for related craft activities.
Noon-1 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]
Oct. 4-17. (Jacob Kornbluth, 2013). Documentary, presented by economist (and Secretary of Labor under President Clinton) Robert Reich, about the widening income disparity in the U.S. The Oct. 16 screening at 7 p.m. is followed by a video Q&A with Reich.
Various times, 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]
"Two Halls of Hangzhou: The Shifting Geopolitical Significance of a Song Dynasty City as Seen Through Three Local Gazetteers": U-M Confucius Institute.more >
"Two Halls of Hangzhou: The Shifting Geopolitical Significance of a Song Dynasty City as Seen Through Three Local Gazetteers": U-M Confucius Institute.< less
Talk by University of Illinois Chinese language and literature professor Benjamin Ridgway.
4:30 p.m., Michigan League Henderson Room. Free. 764-8888. [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.
(Ryan White, 2013). Documentary about the Beatles' secretary Freda Kelly.
Time TBA, 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. [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]
Bring someone special for an evening of romance, cooking and fun at the chef's table. You and your companion will work side by side as our instructor shares unique seasonal flavor combinations and demonstrates easy yet impressive techniques behind a menu of delicious autumn dishes designed to inspire warmth, enjoyment and sharing. MENU: Marinated Beets with Walnuts and Blue Cheese - Roasted Pork Loin with Orange and Sage Sauce - Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Shallots and Pine Nuts - Caramelized Pear Napoleons with Ginger Cream to register visit www.surlatbale.com
Sur La Table, 3050 Washtenaw Ave, Suite 109. $79 per person. 734-531-0304. www.surlatable.com [map]
Oct. 11 & 25. Readings by U-M creative writing grad students. Tonight: poet Nate Marshall and fiction writer Brittany Bennett.
7 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 615-3710. [map]
This acclaimed Washington, D.C.-based writer reads from Man Alive!, her new novel about a pediatric psychiatrist whose life, and the lives of his family members, are drastically changed after he's struck by lightning. "Wherever Zuravleff aims her keen eye, something transformative happens, the way a thunderbolt turns sand to glass," says writer Alice McDermott. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [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]
All adults and teens in grade 9 & up invited to compete in design projects using the recently developed Oculus Rift head-mounted virtual reality display. At the Oct. 11 informational meeting, players break up into 8 competing development teams, each of which is given a development kit to use over the weekend. Program submissions must be turned in by the teams by 2 p.m. on Oct. 13 for the Public Playtest and Awards (3-6 p.m.).
7-8:30 p.m. (Oct. 11) & 3-6 p.m. (Oct. 13), AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [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]
This Albany (NY) composer-organist is joined by the church's chancel choir for a performance of his requiem For the Living. Fedak also performs the premiere of his Fanfare, Reflection, and Dance, a work honoring U-M organ professor Marilyn Mason that was commissioned by the American Guild of Organists, and his Epiphanies, a works for organ and oboe featuring oboist Sipkje Pesnichak.
7:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. Free. 662-4466. [map]
Jazz standards and vintage ballads by this Chelsea jazz vocal trio led by vocalist Bloom, who accompanies himself on piano, bass, organ, guitar, and vibes. With drummer James Boyd and vocalist Lori Minnick.
7:30 p.m., FUMC, 128 Park, Chelsea. Free. 475-8119. [map]
Callers and live music TBA. For experienced dancers.
8-11 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $10. (248) 288-4737. [map]
Oct. 10-12. This Chicago native is a very funny monologist known for his fresh, sharp observational humor about various aspects of contemporary life and culture. A frequent performer on cable TV, he has also made guest appearances in several series, including Third Rock from the Sun and Boston Public. 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]
Energetic heartland rock 'n' roll, at once artful and urgent, by this acclaimed Cincinnati quartet. Led by the husband-and-wife songwriter duo of vocalist Karin Bergquist and bassist Linford Detweiler, the band is known for its enchantingly spare arrangements and its reflective, self-consciously literary lyrics. They also have some terrific Christmas songs they trot out this time of year. Opening act is Tift Merritt, an acclaimed young North Carolina-bred singer-songwriter with a gorgeous voice that's at once gritty and ethereal. Her music is a melodic brand of alt-country that's spiced with rock panache and the emotional depth and power of soul, and she writes thoughtful, keenly observant songs exploring an array of personal themes and moods.
8 p.m., Power Center. Tickets $50 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]
A veteran folkie who emerged from semiretirement in 2009 and released his first recording in 17 years, the acclaimed Try Me One More Time, Bromberg is a brilliant entertainer whose style draws on blues, country, early jazz, and even classical music. He's a forceful singer and a first-rate virtuoso on several stringed instruments, including guitar, mandolin, and violin. His repertoire includes offbeat, often wryly ironic originals and highly personal interpretations of traditional material. "[Bromberg] has such control of his audience that he can, at one moment, hold it in his hand with a tender, touching, yet funny anecdotal song, and then set it romping and stomping with a raucous bit of raunch," says the New York Times. He is accompanied by his band, with whom he recorded the brand-new CD, Only Slightly Mad.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $35 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]
Oct. 8 & 15. John Manfredi presents a concert reading of 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., Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. $15 in advance at pntheatre.org and at the door. 663-0681. [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]
Oct. 10-13. Concordia students present William Gibson's compelling drama about the early life of writer Helen Keller and the teacher who helped her overcome the blindness and deafness that had trapped her in a world of isolation.
8 p.m. (Oct. 10-12) & 2 p.m. (Oct. 13), Concordia University Kreft Center Black Box Theater, 4090 Geddes. Tickets $10 (students & seniors, $5). 995-4612. [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]
"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.more >
"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.< less
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]