A weekly guide to who’s where, what’s happening and why you should be there. Arts editors recommend this week’s best bets.
ON THE FLOOR
The new late-night “Umix” division, part of the University’s Union Arts & Programs organization, brings back instructors Tony Rojas and Hilda Halabu for a night of salsa dancing. Don’t worry if you don’t know your left foot from your right or have no previous experience – there’s an informal, basic instruction session for an hour at 10 p.m. Open dance follows from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Free admission.
IN THE STARS
Take your sweetie on an educational date that’s bound to leave him or her starry-eyed. The Student Astronomical will be opening the telescopes atop Angell Hall Friday night to University students as well as the rest of the public; they will also offer free planetarium shows. The Student Astronomical Society Open House will be held on Friday Oct. 6 from 9p.m. to 11 p.m. in Angell Hall.
OUT & ABOUT
The Office of Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Transgender affairs will be “celebrating our identities as Michigan Wolverines and as LGBT people . and empowering others to do the same” with a tailgate before the big Michigan/Michigan State football game. There will be free food, information, resources, lawn games and a dance tent. The Rainbow Tailgate is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. this football Saturday.
Ann Arborites Nomo have toured here, there and everywhere in support of their 2006 album New Tones, a release described by their respected record label Ubiquity as “a full-color, spiritual soundscape that marries the exotic with the gritty.” If you haven’t seen this soulful, musical amalgam yet, here’s your chance. Nomo rocks the Blind Pig on Friday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. Cover is $11, or $8 for those older than 21.