Thursday

Paul Wong
Courtesy of Miramax
Must . stop . Kevin Bacon from making more movies.

BOOKS

John Fulton Reads Fulton, author of “Retribution,” reads from his new novel “More Than Enough.” 8 p.m. Shaman Drum Bookshop, 315 S. State. Free. 662-7407.

CAMPUS CINEMA

The Piano Teacher Michigan Theater. 7 & 9:30 p.m.

The Good Girl Michigan Theater. 7:15 & 9:15 p.m.

One Hour Photo State Theater. 7 & 9 p.m.

24 Hour Party People State Theater. 9:15 p.m.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding State Theater. 7:15 p.m.

MUSIC

Greenstreet My street isn’t green, but it smells like it. Blind Pig, 208 S. First St., 10 p.m. $6 ($8 under 21). 996-8588.

The Ron Brooks Trio So jazzy it hurts. No seriously, excruciating. Bird of Paradise, 312 S. Main St., 9 p.m. $5. 662-8310.

The Balduck Mountain Ramblers Ramblin’ Celtic-Folk Overlords named after the greatest sledding hill in Metro Detroit. Rock on Mr. T. Conor O’Neill’s, 318 S. Main Street. Free. 665-2968.

THEATER

Defying Gravity A space shuttle astronaut, her daughter, and Clause Monet are intricately woven into this new play by Jane Anderson. Defying Gravity is a theatrical look at mankind’s heroic attempt to transcend its earthly bounds. 8 p.m., Performance Network, 120 E. Huron, $22.50, $19 for seniors; 663-0681.

ALTERNATIVES

New York Observed: The Mythology of the City This exhibit, located in the West Gallery, features a variety of different photographers portray the transformation of New York from colonial outpost to teeming metropolis. Museum of Art, 525 S. State, Free. 764-0395.

Ansel Adams: A Centennial Celebration This exhibit, located in the Box Gallery, was created in observance of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ansel Adams, a master of photography. Museum of Art, 5235 S. State. Free. 764-0395.

Friday

BOOKS

U-M Visiting Writers Series Phillip Lopate – movie critic, poet, novelist, essayist and travel writer – reads. 5 p.m. U-M Museum of Art, 525 S. State. Free. 615-3710.

Jim Brandstatter Reads The co-host of Michigan Replay reads from and signs copies of his new book “Tales from Michigan Stadium.” 7 p.m. Nicola’s Books, 2513 Jackson. Free. 662-4110.

Espresso Royale Open Mic Share and enjoy your poetry, music and creativity with us! 7 p.m. Espresso Royale Cafe, 324 S. State St. Free.

662-2770.

CAMPUS CINEMA

One Hour Photo State Theater. 7:15 & 9:15.

The Good Girl State Theater. 7 & 9 p.m.

The Piano Teacher Michigan Theater. 7 & 9:30 p.m.

Notorious C.H.O. Michigan Theater 7:15 & 9:15 p.m.

MUSIC

SmokeStack Why won’t the Surgeon General do something about these guys? Blind Pig, 208 S. First St., 10 p.m. $6 ($8 under 21) 996-8588.

The Astral Project I don’t like bands with names that sound like homework or bits of X-files trivia. Bird of Paradise, 312 S. Main St., 9 p.m. $5. 662-8310.

The RFD Boys If we had time we’d make up something fun for those letters to stand for. DAMN YOU DEADLINE! The Ark, 36 S. Main St. 8 p.m. $10 ($9 stu/sen). 761 1451.

THEATER

Defying Gravity See Thursday, 8 p.m., $27.50. ($24 for seniors).

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago During its 24-year history, HSDC has emerged as an innovative force in contemporary dance. 8 p.m., Power Center for the Performing Arts, 121 Fletcher Street, $18-40;

764-2534.

ALTERNATIVES

New York Observed: The Mythology of the City See Thursday.

Ansel Adams: A Centennial Celebration See Thursday.

Gallery talk by Hunter O’Reilly, Ph.D.

7 p.m. Reception follows at 8 p.m. University of Michigan Life Sciences, Values and Society Program. 936-2575. Art and Architecture Building.

2000 Bonisteel Blvd.

Saturday

CAMPUS CINEMA

The Piano Teacher Michigan Theater. 4:30 p.m.

Notorious C.H.O. Michigan Theater. 5:15, 7:15 & 9:15 p.m.

The Matrix State Theater. Midnight.

One Hour Photo State Theater. 2:45, 5, 7:15, 9:15 & 11:45 p.m.

The Good Girl State Theater. 2:45, 5, 7 & 9 p.m.

MUSIC

Knee Deep Shag K-zoo’s funksters wanna tear da roof off da sucka. Blind Pig, 208 S. First St., 10 p.m. $6 ($8 under 21). 996-8588.

Jeff Marx Quartet Karl Marx would have had an easier time if he’d picked up a saxophone too. The Firefly Club, 207 S. Ashley St. 9 p.m. $8. 665-9090.

THEATER

Defying Gravity See Thursday, 8 p.m., $27.50. ($24 for seniors).

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago See Friday.

24-Hour Theatre Basement Arts opens their Fall 2002 season with the seventh annual 24-Hour Theatre. Audience members will watch four one-act plays that were written, memorized and rehearsed all in the 24 hours preceding the performance. 10 p.m., Arena Theatre, Frieze Bldg, Free; 764-6800.

ALTERNATIVES

New York Observed: The Mythology of the City See Thursday.

Ansel Adams: A Centennial Celebration See Thursday.

Sunday

BOOKS

Erin Anderson and Mary Fuscaldo Book Signing Author Anderson and illustrator Fuscaldo read and sign copies of their new picture book “Look About You,” the magical story of a child’s wanderings with her father in northern Michigan. 3 p.m. Borders Books & Music, 612 E. Liberty. Free. 668-7652.

CAMPUS CINEMA

One Hour Photo State Theater. 2:45, 5, 7:15 & 9:15 p.m.

The Good Girl State Theater. 2:30, 4:45, 7 & 9 p.m.

Notorious C.H.O. Michigan Theater. 7:15 & 9:15 p.m.

Metropolis Michigan Theater. 4 p.m.

MUSIC

Revenge of the Robots Tour Def Jux records brings their hip-hop posse to you. I know you won’t let those evil robots defeat ya. Blind Pig, 208 S. First St., 10 p.m. $15. 996-8588.

Bird Jazz Jam Don’t be too shocked if its really just some sort of poultry flavored jelly. Bird of Paradise, 312 S. Main St., 9 p.m. $3. 662-8310.

THEATER

Defying Gravity See Thursday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., $22.50. ($19 for seniors).

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago See Thursday, 2 p.m.

ALTERNATIVES

Anouar Brahem Trio During this debut performance to Ann Arbor, the Tunisian musician Anouar Brahem will be performing on the oud, a 12-string lute that is one of the most- recognized sounds in Arab music. The sublime and ethereal sounds of his compositions traverse time and transcend culture, with musical influences ranging from flamenco to the music of central Asia, all resting on the bedrock of Arab musical traditions. 4 p.m. Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. $20-30.

764-2538.

New York Observed: The Mythology of the City See Thursday.

Ansel Adams: A Centennial Celebration See Thursday.

Monday

BOOKS

John Connolly Reads Crime novelist Connolly reads from and signs copies of his new book “Killing Kind.” 7 p.m. Nicola’s Books, 2513 Jackson. Free. 662-4110.

CAMPUS CINEMA

Notorious C.H.O. Michigan Theater. 7:15 & 9:15 p.m.

Metropolis Michigan Theater. 6:45 p.m.

One Hour Photo State Theater. 7:15 & 9:15 p.m.

The Good Girl State Theater. 7 & 9 p.m.

MUSIC

Mark Keiswetter & Ron Brooks After 11 they put away their instruments and just do shadow puppets. Bird of Paradise, 312 S. Main St., 9 p.m. $3. 662-8310.

Wolfstone Scotish rock band. Only cool if you know what a sporran is. The Ark, 36 S. Main St. 8 p.m. $15. 761 1451.

ALTERNATIVES

Genetics Seminar What happens when ART and GENETICS collide? By Hunter O’Reilly, Ph.D. 4 p.m. Free. Department of Human Genetics. 5915 Buhl Building on U-M’s Medical Campus.

Tuesday

CAMPUS CINEMA

One Hour Photo State Theater. 7:15 & 9:15 p.m.

The Good Girl State Theater. 7 & 9 p.m.

Home Movie Michigan Theater. 9:30 p.m.

Notorious C.H.O. Michigan Theater. 9:40 p.m.

Metropolis Michigan Theater. 6:45 p.m.

Kirmes Michigan Theater. 7 p.m.

MUSIC

Blind Pig Showcase Just remember there’s a reason why this thing is free. Blind Pig, 208 S. First St., 10 p.m. free ($2 under 21). 996-8588.

The Ron Brooks Trio RB3 4ever… b/c they just won’t go away. Bird of Paradise, 312 S. Main St., 9 p.m. $5. 662-8310.

Wednesday

BOOKS

Nancy Garden Speaks Controversial young adult author of “Annie on My Mind,” which has received critical acclaim yet has been banned and burned several times across the country, speaks on the topic of censorship and freedom to read, and reads from her works. Q & A follows. Part of Banned Books Week (Sept. 22-29). 7 p.m. Ann Arbor District Library Northeast Branch, 2713 Plymouth Rd. Free. 996-3180.

Rick Bragg Reads Bragg, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “All Over But the Shoutin'” reads from and signs copies of his latest book, “Ava’s Man.” 7 p.m. Borders Books & Music. 612 E. Liberty. Free. 668-7652.

Ken Geringer Book Signing Geringer talks about and signs copies of his new book “Nobody Told Me,” a behind-the-scenes look at ’70s and ’80s music with record producer Jack Douglas. 7:30 p.m. Barnes & Noble Bookstore. 3245 Washtenaw. Free. 677-6475.

Allen Kurzweil Reads Kurzweil, the author of “A Case of Curiosities,” reads from his new book “The Grand Complication.” 8 p.m. Shaman Drum Bookshop, 315 S. State. Free.

662-7407.

LaRon Williams Multi-textured African-American storyteller Williams promotes understanding through the sharing of tales, employing a djembe, mbira and jaw harp. This program is geared towards an adult audience. 8 p.m.

The Ark. $11.

CAMPUS CINEMA

Home Movie Michigan Theater. 9:30 p.m.

Notorious C.H.O. Michigan Theater. 9:15 p.m.

Metropolis Michigan Theater. 6:45 p.m.

Kirmes Michigan Theater. 7 p.m.

One Hour Photo State Theater. 7:15 & 9:15 p.m.

The Good Girl State Theater. 7 & 9 p.m.

MUSIC

Mason Jennings I’d be there myself, but hanging out in bars before 8 just makes me too homesick. Blind Pig, 208 S. First St., 7 p.m. $10. 996-8588.

Los Gatos Yo necesito el vestido por me mono. Bird of Paradise, 312 S. Main St., 9 p.m. $5. 662-8310.

Phix How can you be a cover band of Phish, whose whole deal is improvisation? Why don’t you wait a couple weeks for Pork Tornado? Blind Pig, 208 S. First St., 10 p.m. $8. 996-8588.

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