Oct. 13: "Pioneer Days at Waterloo Farm," a fast/moderate-paced 70-mile ride (429-4989) to the Waterloo Farm Museum, which is holding its annual "Pioneer Day" this afternoon (see listing). A slow/moderate-paced 50-mile ride (663-6401) to the same destination leaves the Dexter gazebo at 10 a.m.
Oct. 20: "Wasem Cider Mill/Three Cedars Ride," a fast/moderate-paced 55-mile and slow-paced 30-mile rides (276-0240) to these Milan-area cider mills for cider and doughnuts.
Oct. 27: "Go to Hell on All Hallows Eve's Eve Ride," a fast/moderate-paced 60-mile ride (426-4989) to Hell or Pinckney for lunch.
9 a.m., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 904-6431. [map]
WCPARC naturalist Faye Stoner leads a hike to look for various birds that live in the wetland and dry lands of this preserve.
9-11 a.m., Trinkle Marsh at Easton Farm Preserve, Dancer Rd. just north of Trinkle Rd., Lima Twp. Free. 971-6337, ext. 334.
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]
As the evenings just start to feel that first hint of fall chill, there's nothing quite so comforting as a hot bowl of soup. Whether you're surrounded by a group of friends or family, spooning ladles full all around or enjoying on your own, there's no better way to warm up. Soups also stretch your dollar and better yet, freeze well, so make as big of a pot as you want. Join us and learn great techniques for developing the ultimate autumn meal, full of richness, warmth, and flavor. MENU:Butternut Squash-Apple Soup with Gruyere Croutons - Kale and White Bean Soup with Chorizo - Lemon Chicken Soup with Orzo - Tomato and Lentil Soup. To register, visit www.surlatable.com
Sur La Table - Arbor Hills, 3050 Washtenaw Ave, Suite 109. $69 per person. 734-531-0304. www.surlatable.com [map]
Start your Sunday morning with gentle yoga & meditation. Sura will guide you through stretches to warm up the body for sitting meditation. Meditation is 20 minutes with some guidance.
Ann Arbor College of Martial Arts, 1952 S. Industrial. $64 for 8 weeks. 310.663.1662. firstname.lastname@example.org a2cma.com [map]
Every Sun. Juried market that features local handmade arts and crafts, with emphasis on a particular medium or theme each week, including "Beads and Metal and Color, Oh My!" (Oct. 6), "Fiber Takes a Dozen Faces" (Oct. 13), "Photography: The Mind's Eye Made Visible" (Oct. 20), and "Halloween at the Market" (Oct. 27). The Halloween event also includes a chance to craft a Halloween grab bag (noon-2 p.m.).
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [map]
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., Mitchell Field (Fuller Rd.) or just west of Fuller pool. Free. email@example.com, 846-9418.
Farmhouse and outbuilding tours of this 19th-century homestead, with demonstrations of spinning, quilting, dressmaking, and weaving. Horse-drawn wagon rides, period kids' games, and live music TBA. Sale of crafts, refreshments, gift items, and fall produce and farm goods.
Noon-5 p.m., Waterloo Area Farm Museum, 9998 Waterloo-Munith Rd., (left off Clear Lake Rd. 5 miles north from I-94 exit 153), Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. Grounds admission $5 (kids ages 5-12, $2; kids age 4 & under, free). (517) 596-2254. [map]
Meet us on the goal line and score a touchdown for Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County!
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Kick-off time:12:30 p.m.
Barton Hills Country Club
Presented by The Marnee & John DeVine Foundation
Benefiting Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County
Join in the fun and tailgate for a great cause!
Featuring a winning lineup - "football friendly" food and drinks, raffle, and a special showing of the Detroit Lions game at 1:00 p.m.
$150 per person
RSVP by October 4, 2013
Casual attire is requested.
Barton Hills Country Club, 730 Country Club Road. $150. 734.926.0153. firstname.lastname@example.org www.csswashtenaw.org [map]
Join us for this 6-week introductory course designed for modern-day mystics. Classes include teachings on the inner spiritual path, meditation, soul, light, prayer and blessing. Classes offered on an ongoing rolling basis, join us when you can.
Ann Arbor Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd. (N. Main just before Hwy, on left). Free. 734-330-5048. email@example.com http://www.centersoflight.org/annarbor.html [map]
Is there really anyone out there who doesn't like batter fried food?! Hopefully not! What is great about tempura is it's light, crispy, and mostly vegetables. In this class, we will strive to not over mix the batter and get a delicious result. The vegetable lineup includes green beans, sweet potato, broccoli, mushrooms and parsley. As we stay with tradition, we'll fry up shrimp as well. The full menu for class is Tempura with Dipping Sauce, Rice, Green Tea, and Butter Cookies. 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]
A free event in celebration of fall and bicycles and fun and friends and...well, you name it! The Fall Ride starts and finishes at the Corner Brewery. Paved (15 or 30 miles) and dirt (15 miles) road routes. Bring your helmet (mandatory for riders 18 and under). Riders under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Riders will have the opportunity to ride with slower or faster groups. A great ride to learn how to ride in groups and on the street. Bike shops at the Corner Brewery at noon- so bring your bike down early for a tune-up! If you like, stay at the Corner Brewery afterwards for food, fun and socializing. Sign-in and mechanic stations open at noon; rides start rolling at 1:00pm.
Corner Brewery, 720 Norris St., Ypsilanti. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org bike.ypsi.org [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]
Guest hike leader Barry Lonik leads a hike over large hills, with pocket wetlands and an optional side trip to Sackrider Hill, one of the tallest points in the area that has an excellent view of fall colors.
1 p.m., meet at the picnic tables in front of Zingerman's Roadhouse (2501 Jackson) to carpool. Free. email@example.com, 677-0823.
Half-hour docent-guided tours of photographs and artifacts in this restored 19th-century observatory museum. Also, a chance to pull the rope and rotate the telescope dome.
1-4 p.m., U-M Detroit Observatory, 1398 E. Ann at Observatory. $5 suggested donation (U-M students, free). 764-3482. [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.
Seeker session: Ann Arbor Friends Meeting.
Ann Arbor Friends Meeting (Quakers) Seekers Session. Introductory session open to anyone desiring to learn about Quakers. Attend any or all three sessions. 1-2 p.m. (following 11-12 meeting for worship) Quaker House, 1416 Hill St., Ann Arbor (734) 709-8748 for more information. Childcare will be provided.
In this Seekers Session we will hear from Friends about their experience of Quaker silent worship.
Quaker House, 1416 Hill St. Free. (734) 709-8748. firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.annarborfriends.org/ [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows.
The Sky Tonight (Sat. 11:30 a.m., Sat. & Sun. 1:30 & 3:30 p.m.) is an exploration of the current night sky.
Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show that explores how telescopes work and what they can do.
Impact Earth (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show, narrated by astronaut Tom Jones, about meteors, meteorites, asteroids, and comets, and the dangers they can pose to life on Earth.
Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [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]
A 5-km pledge walk to raise money for local and international hunger relief. Rest stops with water and snacks.
2 p.m. (registration at 1:30 p.m.), First United Methodist Church, 1200 North Ann Arbor St., Saline. Pledges or donation. 223-4216. [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]
Talk by Henry Ford Heritage Association member Russell Doré.
2 p.m., Saline District Library Brecon Room, 555 N. Maple, Saline. 944-0442. [map]
All kids ages 9-12 invited to do some craft projects inspired by postings on the DIY online bulletin board Pinterest.com, including button bracelets, yarn pom-pom bookmarks, and scrapbook greeting cards. Materials provided. Snacks.
2-4 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [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]
Betsy Adams (Shoh Nah Hah Lieh) has worked with animals and their people for over 30 years. She has been communicating with animals since infancy and utilizes her intuitive abilities in her consulting practice. She currently teaches classes on "Animal Communication" and "Spiritual Evolution of the Animal Kingdom" at Washtenaw Community College. In addition, she has published two books: self Love and the Healing of Our Animal Friends, and The Sacred Body Factories. Come have an introduction to what Shoh Nah Betsy does, with tips on how to better communicate with your animal friends. Please bring a hardcopy photo or printout of the animal(s) with which you want to communicate. Attendance is limited; please register in advance at www.meetup.com/Intuitives-Interactive. Questions: Amy Garber, email@example.com or 734-358-0218.
Deep Spring Center for Meditation & Spiritual Inquiry, 3820 Packard Road #280. $11.50 in advance with credit card (at website) or $15 cash at the door. firstname.lastname@example.org www.meetup.com/Intuitives-Interactive [map]
Petite and delicious, cupcakes are the tasty dessert for every occasion. Now we'll shake up cupcake expectations and create truly exceptional and deliciously novel flavor combinations. Join us as we share tips for making the most delicious cupcake batters and how to bake them up moist and fluffy. Then we'll whip up scrumptious and unexpected flavor combinations with frostings that are sure to delight others for birthdays, anniversaries or anytime! MENU: Apple Cider Cupcakes with Cider Cream Cheese Frosting - Tiramisu Cupcakes with Mascarpone Filling and Marsala Cream - Churro Cupcakes with Mexican Chocolate Frosting. To register visit, www.surlatable.com
Sur La Table, 3050 Washtenaw Ave, Suite 109. $69 per person. 734-351-0304. www.surlatable.com [map]
Performances by young local musicians.
3 p.m., AASPA, 637 S. Main. Free. 213-2000. [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]
Members of the veteran local modern dance company People Dancing present a lecture-demo-with ample opportunity for audience participation--on 19th-century to contemporary dance styles, including its own current repertory.
3-4:15 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demo exploring how fossils are created and how museum fossil casts are made.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Exhibit Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [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]
Adam Riccinto directs this volunteer community orchestra in a program highlighted by American composer Henry Hadley's 1910 symphony, North, East, South, West. Also, other works TBA.
3:30 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $12 (seniors age 65 & over, students with ID, and kids under age 12, $7; family, $25) in advance at ypsilantisymphony.org and at the door. 507-1451. [map]
Appetizers, music, and a silent auction of unique bowls and other items.
4-7 p.m., Concordia University Earhart Manor, 4090 Geddes. Tickets $100 in advance at http://www.soscs.org/event. 485-8730. [map]
All invited to discuss 2 mysteries. Elmore Leonard's crime classic La Brava concerns an ex-Secret Service agent who gets mixed up in a South Miami Beach scam. Randy Wayne White's The Heat Islands is about a Marine biologist and former secret operative who's searching for sea anemones when he discovers the body of the most hated man on Sanibel Island.
4:30 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 769-2149. [map]
All invited to join a discussion of Giovanni's Room, James Baldwin's 1956 novel about a young American expat living in post-WWII Paris who is torn between his fiancée and the male Italian bartender he has an affair with.
4:30-6 p.m., Jim Toy Community Center, 325 Braun Ct. Free. 763-4168. [map]
This event is sold out. The museum's annual family day fundraiser features up-close looks at live animals, including kangaroos, an Australian "laughing" kookaburra, giant tortoises, macaws, alligators, and more. Also, animal-themed hands-on activities.
5-8 p.m., AAHOM, 219 E. Huron. Tickets $15 (members, $12; babies under 2, free) in advance at aahom.org. 995-5439. [map]
Has Pope Francis piqued your interest about the Catholic faith? Join us at St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church for a special Mass on Sunday October 13th at 6pm. As we celebrate the Mass we will explain our faith and the deeper meanings behind our liturgical worship that dates back 2,000 years. Come and see our beautiful Church, filled with gorgeous stained glass windows! We are located at the corner of North State and Kingsley.
St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 530 Elizabeth St Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Free. (734) 761-8606. email@example.com www.sainttc.com [map]
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., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). Free. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm. 717-1569. [map]
This class combines bellydance movements with traditional fitness training to build your strength, stability and balance. Don't worry, the burning is normal.
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $12. (734) 726-0353. email@example.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/hurts-so-good-bellydance-conditioning/ [map]
This class will drill your dance fundamentals and teaches choreography to music from traditional to Macklemore. Coral Rose of Unveiled Bellydance and Lunatic Vagabonds will teach you to bellydance to anything on your playlist!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $15. (734) 726-0353. firstname.lastname@example.org http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belly_dance [map]
Prepare to be entertained and uplifted!
This vocal performance will be an intimate selection of familiar songs from 30's/40's jazz standards, to timeless hymns/spirituals, to opera classics and a few new originals to spice it up.
Erika Banks began her vocal training at age eleven with the late Mrs. Laura Jean Thompson. She went on to receive her B.M. and M.M in voice performance, both from the University of Michigan, where she studied with the late Distinguished Professor Shirley Verrett. She has performed the roles of "Nannetta" in Verdi's Falstaff, and "Pamina" in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte. She is also proud to have been a featured performer with Pacific Opera, The John Link Project, Akim Funk Buddha, The New World Orchestra, Unity of New York, Out Before Nine Concert Series and with the OMNI Ensemble.
Sunward Cohousing, 424 Little Lake Dr #21. Donation. $12. 734.260.0857. email@example.com http://sunward.org/events/erika-banks-concert.html [map]
Taped broadcast of the National Theatre (London) live production of Shakespeare's tragedy of jealousy, suspicion, and betrayal. Directed by Nicholas Hytner, the play opens with Iago (Rory Kinnear) plotting the undoing of Othello (Adrian Lester), a Moorish general in the Venetian army who has passed over Iago for the position of lieutenant. Iago's vengeful scheme to turn Othello against his young new wife, Desdemona, embroils all those close to both men, with the innocent used as pawns for evil by a character considered Shakespeare's most villainous.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $22 (Michigan Theater & UMS members, $18; students, $12) in advance at the Michigan League and ums.org, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538, (800) 221-1229. [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]
A jazz, blues, swing, and soul gumbo by this veteran New Orleans band, led by vocalist Scotty Morris, that helped ignite the 90s swing craze. The band's repertoire covers everything from the music of Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, Louis Armstrong, and New Orleans brass bands to the world's first male-vocal version of the Blue Lu Barker classic "Don't You Feel My Leg." The band's latest CD, How Big Can You Get?, is a tribute to Cab Calloway.
7:30 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]