Nov. 2 & 3. (Margarethe von Trotta, 2012). Biopic about the German-born philosopher who coined the phrase "the banality of evil." English & German, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. $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). See michtheater.org for full schedule. 668-TIME. [map]
Show and sale of nativity scenes, Christmas ornaments, wooden utensils, cutting boards, note cards, toys, figurines, and more by Red Bird Mission (Kentucky) crafters. Lunch available (11 a.m.-2 p.m.).
9 a.m.-2 p.m. (Nov. 2) & 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (Nov. 3), Dexter UMC, 7643 Huron River Dr., Dexter. Free admission. 426-8480. [map]
Friends of the Dexter District Library Used Book Sale
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013
9 am to 3 pm
Dexter District Library
3255 Alpine Street
Dexter, MI 48130
Prices range from 25 cents to $2.00 with a special selection of various priced gift books. Everyone is welcome. All proceeds directly benefit the library.
Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine Street, Dexter. Free admission. 734-426-4477. www.dexter.lib.mi.us [map]
Noncompetitive 5-km and 1-mi runs for girls ages 8-14 and their coaches, families, and friends. Also, a kids' dash for kids age 7 & under. Medals for finishers. Superhero costumes encouraged.
9:30 a.m.-noon (registration begins at 8:30 a.m.), Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $25 (1-mi, $15; kids' dash, $10) in advance by Oct. 30; $30 (1-mi, $20; kids dash, $20) day of race. $5 park entry fee. girlsontherunsemi.org. [map]
Join us for an introductory weekend teaching on the Diamond Approach spiritual path by ordained teacher, Gregory Beck. The weekend will cover the basic elements of the path with group exercises and time for questions and comments. Lunch will be provided. All are welcome to attend.
The Diamond Approach is a contemporary spiritual teaching that reveals the truth, beauty and mystery of our essential nature. Its unique perspective, developed and written about by A.H.Almaas, is a spiritual path that combines elements of depth psychology with knowledge of traditional practices, creating a new and accessible method for engaging in spiritual work while living fully in the modern world.
Home of Gretchen and David Gruner, 3530 Sulgrave Place, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. $135. 734-213-0579. email@example.com www.ridhwan.org [map]
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Talk by Evangelical Homes of Michigan clinical services director Ann Withers. Discussion follows. Refreshments. The program begins with coffee & socializing.
9:45 a.m.-noon, U-M Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 995-8962. [map]
Every Sat. Beginner-friendly slow-paced (22 miles) and moderate/fast-paced (30-100 miles) round-trip rides to Dexter, Chelsea, and beyond, with stops at the Dexter Bakery or Zou Zou's and Pierce's in Chelsea. A very popular ride. Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
9 a.m. (Apr., May, Sept., & Oct.), 8 a.m. (June-Aug.), & 10 a.m. (Nov.), meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St.. Free. 545-0541. [map]
Fun and Learning Music Studio is providing a free group music lesson once a month on Saturday mornings. It will be approximately 1 hour, starting promptly at 10am. This class is appropriate for 4 1/2 year olds to 7 year olds. One parent must be in attendance for the entire session.
Snacks and drinks will be provided, questions about our curriculum, group and private lessons will be answered! We provide private instruction for piano and voice from age 5 to adult. Group lessons are a general music course with concentration on piano skills.
Please RSVP to reserve a space for you and your child(ren). Email or call firstname.lastname@example.org or call 734-417-1167
Fun and Learning Music Studio, 4115 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. 734-417-1167. email@example.com www.childrensmusicacademy.org [map]
There are few things more pleasurable than the sweet scent of a pie or tart baking. Perfectly prepared pastry that's crisp yet flakey combined with delicious seasonal fruits and fillings involves all of the senses. We're proud to partner with King Arthur, definitive authority on baking and flours, to demonstrate how to create pastry from scratch as well as the crucial techniques behind mixing and rolling the perfect pie crust. We'll also cover the techniques behind the thickening and sweetening of fillings, and help expand your baking skills into amazing and delicious success. MENU: Perfect Pie Crust - Lattice-Top Cranberry-Apple Pie - Chocolate Chunk and Pecan Pie. To register visit, www.surlatable.com
Sur La Table, 3050 Washtenaw Ave, Suite 109. $69 per person. 734-531-0304. www.surlatable.com [map]
Realities of Parenthood - Ann Arbor - November 2
Becoming a parent is a wonderful, exciting, and beautiful thing! The reality is that having a baby is also stressful, confusing, and exhausting. A baby changes everything! Learn how to keep your relationship strong, how to take care of yourself, handle the stress that a baby brings, how to build support, and much more. Class meets 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, November 2 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: 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/events.html [map]
Great meals deserve a great presentation. Our Sumptuous Table exhibit, which runs from October 18 to December 8, 2013, is a display of stylish handmade ceramic dinnerware by Yourist Studio Gallery Resident Artists and will include place settings and serving pieces designed to complement your good cooking and grace your table. So come feast your eyes on our dinnerware exhibit, with pieces perfect for our own home, for wedding presents, and as holiday gifts for family and friends. Artists' Reception will take place on Friday, October 25, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. Free. 734-662-4914. email@example.com youristpottery.com [map]
Nov. 2 & 3. 28 dealers from 10 states show and sell stamps, postcards, and collector supplies. Also, stamp displays on topics that range from penguins and Egyptian postal history to orchids and Japanese national parks to WWII and 19th-century Michigan mail by boat and rail. Also, USPS, UN Postal Administration, and American Topical Association booths.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Nov. 2) & 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Nov. 3), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 Huron River Dr. Free admission. firstname.lastname@example.org, 761-5859. [map]
One of the largest regular gatherings of RC racers in the country features off-road dirt-track racing for stock and modified model electric trucks and buggies. Awards for the top three finishers in each class. Spectators welcome. Food concessions.
10:30 a.m.-midnight, Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Doors open at 8 a.m. Free admission. $16 to race. (517) 960-5252. [map]
Spanish stories and songs geared toward kids ages 6 months to 5 years, accompanied by a parent. Siblings welcome.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Manzanitas, 511 Miller. Free. (Park in the church lot off Chapin.) 369-6563. [map]
Nov. 2, 9, 16, & 23. Popular series of talks, aimed at general audiences, by U-M scholars. Nov. 2: Physics professor James Wells on "Weighty Thoughts on the Origin of Mass." Nov. 9: Physics professor David Lubensky on "Making the Chicken from the Egg: A Physicist's View of Animal Development." Nov. 16: Physics professor Jeffrey McMahon on "Mapping the Beginning of the Universe." Nov. 23: Astronomy fellow Rubens Reis on "Seeing the Unseeable: Black Holes and Revelation."
10:30 a.m., 170 Dennison, 500 Church. Free. 764-4437. [map]
11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Music till 7 p.m.! Are you struggling to make a change? In decent shape but want to take it to the next level? Want to be a better role model for your family? Signed up for a race and feel like you bit off more than you can chew? Have you always wanted to work with a personal trainer but it was too expensive? We are opening our doors to help YOU explore these topics and how we can help you. The B Young - B Fit team will be happy to field your one-on-one questions as we offer door prizes, discounts, sample classes & exercise demos. Meet some local celebrities and enjoy great food, music and even a free chair massage. BYBF has newly expanded and is a proud local business for 8 years and counting. We have helped people from all backgrounds change their lives and meet their goals. THIS EVENT IS COMPLETELY FREE SO PLEASE COME & BRING YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY! We are located in the Glencoe Crossing shopping plaza. www.byoungbfit.com Featured on MTV's Made.
B Young - B Fit Studio, 4585 Washtenaw Ave. Suite 1. Free. 734-975-0984. email@example.com www.byoungbfit.com [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. (except Dec. 1 & 7), Nov. 2-Dec. 22. Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demo that involves making a comet, observing its changes, and exploring the methods scientists use to identify the "ingredients" of objects in space.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Exhibit Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
Representatives from Filson, Carhartt and Stormy Kromer show how these American clothiers construct traditional garments and luggage of wool, cotton and canvas. Also, local designer-seamstress Sheri Dufek demonstrates how she tailors coats and jackets with lively patterns from Pendleton wool blankets. DH&G owner Mark Hodesh offers tastes of his Original Recipe Fleetwood Diner Chili. Hot cider Zingerman's Bakehouse taste samples.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Downtown Home & Garden, 210 S. Ashley. Free. 662-8122. [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]
Dancers from Ballet Preljocaj lead a workshop in the company's movement style. Ages 13 & up.
Noon (sign-up begins at 11:15 a.m.), YMCA, 400 W. Washington. Free; studio capacity limited. 996-9622, 764-2538. [map]
Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $5 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [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]
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]
(Steve McQueen, 2013). Drama, based on Solomon Northrup's 1853 autobiography, about a free black man from upstate New York who is abducted and sold into slavery. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch. A selection of classic Looney Tunes with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig et al.
Various times, Michigan Theater. $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50) in advance at ticket web.com and at the door. michtheater.org. 668-TIME. [map]
U-M art grad student Math Monahan, accompanied by a clothed model, leads a hands-on session on how to capture human gesture in a drawing.
1-4 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Nov. 2, 3, 16, & 17. Museum staff give family-friendly science demos. Nov. 2 & 3: "Mind Over Matter" includes experiments with extreme states of solids, liquids, and gases. Nov. 16 & 17: "Good Vibes" features sound experiments, including the chance to see a flame extinguished by sound.
1 & 3 p.m., AAHOM Legacy Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
(Stu Zicherman, 2013). Comedy about a man who finds out he was unknowingly part of a study on divorced children.
Michigan Theater. $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). See michtheater.org for full schedule. 668-TIME. [map]
Have you ever wished you could sit down with a climate scientist and ask any question you want about the debate over global warming? Now is your chance! This event will kick off with a thirty minute visual presentation by Prof. Gretchen Keppel-Aleks on the basic science of climate change, its implications, and ways to address it. We will then break into smaller groups facilitated by additional researchers so that participants can bring up any questions or doubts they have on the subject. The small group discussions will last 45 minutes to an hour. Your input will drive the content of the discussion, so come with questions!
Chelsea District Library, 221 South Main Street, Chelsea, MI 48118, Chelsea. Free. Erica Ackerman. firstname.lastname@example.org ofawashtenaw.com [map]
All invited to participate in this traditional Celtic ritual marking the change of season. Samhain is the basis for the Christian All Hallows' Eve, itself the basis for Halloween. Craft project, raffle, and potluck. Followed at 6 p.m. by an evening ritual honoring the ancestors and gods of the underworld, and at 8:30 p.m. by an Ancestor Dinner (bring your ancestors' favorite dish to share). Note: the evening ritual revolves around themes of death and rebirth and may not be appropriate for young children.
2 p.m., Cavallo Farms, 2185 N. Harris Rd., Ypsilanti. Free. 277-1897. [map]
Free Women's Self Defense course offered at Quest Martial Arts.
As a community based school we know the importance of helping our local community be a stronger, safer, and more healthy place to live. We invite everyone to our women's self defense course taught by women, for women.
Call to sign up, (734) 332-1800. It's free.
Quest Martial Arts, 2111 Packard Rd. Free. 734-332-1800. email@example.com www.Quest-MartialArts.com [map]
Every Sat.All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. Free. 475-1583. [map]
Group meets at the Pierce Park picnic shelter in the summer months.
Nov. 2 & 16. All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book if you have them.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. Free. 994-9307. [map]
Young local musicians perform works TBA. Reception follows.
3 p.m., Clague Middle School, 2626 Nixon. Free. 213-2000. [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]
All invited to join a discussion of Thunderland, Brandon Massey's supernatural thriller about a troubled 14-year-old whose problems seem to disappear overnight after a devastating storm, all except for a recurring nightmare.
4 p.m., Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
SANDHILL CRANES GATHER last year there were over 8000 Cranes within 2 hours flying in over our heads!
Every Saturday & Sunday in October & November. The best viewing is End of October Beginning of November. Time: 2:00 pm until dusk. Where: Self guided driving maps are available at any participating shop in Chelsea and Manchester. Tour the flight path of the 40 decorated Sandhill Cranes recycled metal sculptures in and around Chelsea and Manchester. Then check out the beautiful fall colors as you spot the cranes in the farm fields. From 4:00 pm until dusk, join the Jackson Audubon Society members at the Phyllis Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary, who will answer your crane questions. Come and be a part of natures finest moment. Bring your friends, family and neighbors to enjoy our natural surroundings. Spotting scopes are available. Bring your camera and binoculars. Stop in Chelsea to warm up, share all your photographs.
Haehnle Sanctuary, Seymour Rd & Fairlane Dr., Grass Lake, Chelsea. Donation. firstname.lastname@example.org www.sandhillcranesgather.com or www.haehnlesanctuary.org
Invite a companion and join us for an evening of cozy courtship in the autumn kitchen. Working alongside your date and others you'll discover together how fun and romantic it is to prepare a meal together. We'll create a menu of authentic and approachable modern fall favorites so that you may experience the passion that comes from sharing great cuisine. MENU: Warm Bibb and Bacon Salad with Malty-Beer Vinaigrette - Tarragon Salmon with Brown Butter Béarnaise - Roasted Fall Vegetable Hash - Maple Crème Brûlée with Hazelnuts. To register visit, www.surlatable.com
Sur La Table, 3050 Washtenaw, Suite 109. $79 per person. 734-531-0304. www.surlatable.com [map]
Oct. 31-Nov. 2.AJ Klopach directs U-M students in Jean-Paul Sartre's existentialist masterpiece exploring the grim thought that "Hell is other people" through a dramatic fantasy about three people--a homicidal socialite, a lesbian, and a cowardly adulterer--trapped in a room together for eternity.
7 p.m. (Oct. 31-Nov. 2) & 11 p.m. (Nov. 1), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Studio 1, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. basementarts.org. [map]
Nov. 2: Warm Winter (Zheng Kuo, 2011). Documentary about a group of artists living in a number of Beijing's arts districts and their struggle to save their studios from demolition by land developers during one of Beijing's coldest winters. Chinese, subtitles.
Nov. 16: My Mother's Rhapsody (Qiu Jiongjiong, 2011). Documentary in which the director's 86-year-old grandmother and the 60-year-old son who lives with her offer a salty, savory account of their life journeys. Mandarin, subtitles.
Nov. 18: Stratum 1: The Visitors (Cong Feng, 2012). Award-winning experimental documentary about childhood memory, urban renewal, and the bulldozing of whole communities of contemporary Beijing. Chinese & English, subtitles. Preceded at 6 p.m. by a reception. Michigan Theater.
Nov. 23: I Have What? Chinese Peasants War: The Rhetoric to Justice (Mao Chenyu, 2013). Documentary about the struggles of Chinese peasants for survival over the past 60 years. Chinese, subtitles.
Dec. 7: Moose (Gu Tao, 2013). Documentary about the effects on the lives of Inner Mongolian hunters of the disappearance of the moose to ecological destruction and illegal hunting. Ewenki & Mandarin, subtitles.
7 p.m., Angell Hall Auditorium A (except as noted), entrance at the Fishbowl on the east side of the bldg. Free. 764-6308. [map]
Popular local storyteller LaRon Williams hosts this showcase of performances by local singer Dale Petty, the popular local acoustic duo Gemini, local singer-songwriter Jo Serrapere, folk-blues singer and virtuoso guitarist Josh White Jr., vocalist Kathy Moore, singer-guitarist Rev. Robert Jones, local folk-rock singer-guitarist Dave Boutette, renowned oud player Laith Alattar, and others. Preceded at 6 p.m. by an appetizer reception ($50 includes concert ticket).
7 p.m., Vineyard Church, 2275 Platt Rd. $15 in advance & $20 at the door. email@example.com, 663-1870. [map]
Even Fish Have Fathers
Comedian Michael Malone is an international headliner known for his energy, "rubber face" and versatility. From Los Angeles, Malone recently filmed a one-hour comedy special, "Casual Sext"
A laugh to you cry performance. Malone has been featured on the Bob & Tom Radio and TV Shows and made appearances on WGN TV, National Lampoom's Operation Comedy Tour, NBC TV, XM Sirius and the CW. Named one of the "HOT Comics to Watch for in 2013" by Campus Activities Magazine. Come for an evening of laughs and fun!
Tecumseh Center for the Arts, 400 N. Maumee St. Tecumseh, MI 49286, Tecumseh. Tickets $15 (seniors & youth, $13) in advance at malonecomedy.com. 517.423.6617. http://www.thetca.org [map]
Oct. 29 & 31 and Nov. 1-3. Tuba concerts by U-M students and visiting musicians. Tonight: Yi-Ching Chen and other students of U-M tuba and euphonium professor Fritz Kaenzig perform solo works.
8 p.m., U-M Music School Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
All dances taught; no partner needed. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes. Oct. 5: Ray Bantle calls to live music by the Stout Hearted String Band. Nov. 2: Ohio caller Michael Hamilton & live music by the Oberlin band Gallimaufry.
8-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Oct.: $10 (members, $9; students, $5). Nov.: $11 (members, $10; students, $5). 662-9290, 769-1052. [map]
Nov. 1 & 2. One of Europe's most prominent dance companies performs avant-garde French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj's And Then, One Thousand Years of Peace, a provocative ballet inspired by visions of the Biblical apocalypse. The work portrays an expressionist history of the world-from the intensity of creation, to the tranquility of Eden, to the subsequent dances of war between nations and people-through precise, geometric choreography that combines pulverizing physicality with impressive technical skills. The resulting images are both hypnotic and startling, as dancers, cloaked in national flags, engage in violent and sexual movements set to a pulsating electro-percussive score. "A huge, ambitious monolith of a work," writes a Guardian (UK) reviewer. "Preljocaj is a clever choreographer, superb at eliciting a raw, uninhibited physicality from his dancers, yet equally skilled at distancing the images of lust and anger he creates, and making them compellingly strange."
8 p.m., Power Center. $18-$44, in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538.
Oct. 29-31 & Nov. 1-3. Founded in 1997, this innovative London puppet theatre company is known for its contemporary reworking of the traditional Japanese art of Bunraku, a complex, dramatic form of puppetry in puppeteers perform in full view of the audience. Tonight's critically acclaimed program, The Table, is a triptych of humorously absurd, technically accomplished pieces inspired by Beckett, the Bible, and Ikea. The first takes place on a simple table and features a cantankerous 2-foot-tall puppet experiencing an existential crisis. The second piece is a short interlude of striking visual illusions, followed by a delirious crime thriller told entirely through pieces of A4 paper covered in text and images. Reviewers have praised The Table for combining a strikingly minimal aesthetic with deadpan humor and warmth. Ages 14+.
7:30 p.m. (Oct. 29-31), 8 p.m. (Nov. 1 & 2), and 2 p.m. (Nov. 3), Performance Network. General admission $35 (Oct. 29-31) & $40 (Nov. 1-3), in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538.
Michigan singer-songwriter known for songs about everything from life aboard Great Lakes freighters to the struggles of working people to the joys of riding grocery carts.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.), Ann Street Music Room, 812 Ann St., Ypsilanti. $10 at the door only. 829-0148. [map]
Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 & 2. A Detroit native who made his TV debut at age 6 on CKLW's The Bozo Show, this popular New York City-based comic is known for his bizarre stage personality, odd delivery, and twisted but clever sense of humor. "Kevin is sort of a loser teetering on the brink of a mental breakdown," says one reviewer, "kinda like Bobcat Goldthwait with the point of view of Steven Wright." Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty. $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
Performance by this versatile young French singer-songwriter, composer and pianist who lives part-time in Ypsilanti. Her repertoire ranges from gorgeous ballads to playful hip-hop covers. Opening act TBA.
8 p.m., METAL, 220 Felch. 10. (800) 613-6385. [map]
Inventive local country-rock band, fronted by singer-songwriter Erin Zindle, whose music mixes in elements of world music, groove rock, and edgy pop, using a diverse mix of instruments, including violin, mandolin, banjo, accordion, acoustic guitar, and percussion styles from around the world, as well as the old-fashioned drum kit. Opening act is Magdalen Fossum, a local 12-year-old pop-folk singer-songwriter and ukulele player.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $20 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and the ark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
Oct. 19 & 26 and Nov. 2, 9, 16, & 30. The Dreamland Puppet Troupe presents Dreamland owner Naia Venturi's adaptation, with both Venturi's marionettes and Patrick Elkins' shadow puppets, of Shakespeare's delightful comic fantasy about a jealous tiff between the king and queen of the fairies, and the mortals snared in their mischief. With a score by Andrew Bruce Mitchell II. This project was initiated when the Dreamland puppets were used in Arnaud Desplechin's Jimmy P.: The Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian, a nominee for the 2013 Cannes Film Festival Palm d'Or.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.), Dreamland Theater, 26 N. Washington St. Ypsilanti. $10 at the door only. 657-2337. [map]
See review. Local actors present their annual production of this musical gore-fest, an amalgam of Sam Raimi's cult-classic 1980s low-budget film trilogy about 5 MSU students camping in the Tennessee woods who set free an evil spirit that possesses them. Songs include the doo-wop ballad "All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons" and "Do the Necronomicon," which The New York Times says "cheerfully evokes the 'The Time Warp' from 'Rocky Horror.'"
8 p.m., Copeland Auditorium, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $15 ("splatter zone," $20). 726-0355, dextercommunityplayers.org. [map]
This early music ensemble performs relatively unknown works on period instruments by Polish composers, including the 17th-century instrumental music pioneers Jarzębski, Mielczewski, Pękiel, Rohaczewski, and Żelechowski, as well as the 18th-century masters Podbielski, Janitsch and Szarzyński. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lecture on the program. Also, on Nov. 1, New Comma Baroque members present a lecture-demo on "The Musical Beauty of Baroque Poland" (7:30 p.m., Michigan League Koessler Room).
8 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. Parking available at Community High School. Tickets $25 (members & seniors, $22; students, $5) in advance at AcademyOfEarlyMusic.org, Nicola's Books (2513 Jackson), & by phone, and at the door. 528-1838.