Thursday

BOOKS

U-M Visiting Writers Series A poetry reading by Rick Hilles, whose poems have appeared in Poetry, The Nation, The New Republic and The Paris Review. 5 p.m. U-M Business School, D1270 Davidson Hall, 701 Tappan. Free. 615-3710.

‘W’ and BW: Rethinking the Biological Warfare Problem Science historian Susan Wright discusses the conclusions of her new book, “Biological Warfare and Disarmament: New Problems/New Perspectives.” Book signing at Shaman Drum follows. 4 p.m. 2239 Lane Hall, 204 S. State. Free. 764-9537.

Ann Arbor Poetry Slam Slam, two open mic sessions and featured poet Sekou “Tha Misfit” from Los Angeles, current holder of the National Individual Slam Poet title. 8 p.m. The Heidelberg Rathskeller, 215 N. Main. $4. 426-3451.

CAMPUS CINEMA

Bowling for Columbine Charlton Heston deserved it but I’m not so sure about Dick Clark. Still, they both come off as famous assholes. State Theater 7 & 9:30 p.m.

Far From Heaven I don’t know why President Palmer was doing garden work back in the ’50s but he needs to get back in LA and take care of this terrorist situation. Michigan Theater 7 & 9:15 p.m.

Frida Last screening before leaving Ann Arbor so don’t miss it. Or do. State Theater 6:45 & 9:15 p.m.

Higher Education A funny, informative documentary on the history and present state of marijuana in Ann Arbor, as directed by a Michigan student. State Theater Midnight

MUSIC

Brad’s Dead Fish Vroom-vroom! My roommate killed my fish freshman year. He poured beer in its bowl … then he let it drive. RIP MR. BUBBLES Blind Pig, 208 S. First St., 10 p.m. $4 ($6 under 21). 996-8588.

Mary Lee’s Corvette Better than Suse Ann’s Focus, not quite up there with Betty Joe’s Impala. The Ark, 36 S. Main St. 8 p.m. $11. 761-1451.

Lust: Staircase Nectarines are delicious. That’s all. The Necto. 516 E. Liberty St., 9 p.m. $8 ($10 under 21). 994-5835.

The Ron Brooks Trio RB3000 sounds like an evil Star Wars robot. Hmm … Bird of Paradise 312 S. Main St., 9 p.m. $5. 662-8310.

THEATER

Man Of La Mancha The Performance Network brings this musical based on Cervantes’ Don Quixote, a tale of hope, true love and fantasy. 8 p.m., Performance Network, 120 E. Huron St., $22.50; 663-0681.

Hamlet University Productions brings this Shakespearean play to the Power Center. This production emphasizes Hamlet’s inner turmoil and suffering, to help contemporary audiences more strongly relate to this timeless classic. 8 p.m., Power Center, $8-20; 734-764-2538.

Friday

CAMPUS CINEMA

Bowling for Columbine See Thursday. State Theater 7 & 9:30 p.m.

Far From Heaven See Thursday. State Theater 6:45 & 9:15 p.m.

The Last Kiss An Italian film with a pretty nice website which told me a lot of information about the film but all in, you guessed it, Italian. Michigan Theater 5 p.m.

Naqoyqatsi The third in a series of films I can neither spell nor pronounce. But they still look and sound cool. Michigan Theater 7:30 & 9:45 p.m.

MUSIC

Domestic Problems Are these the guys that play the Sesame Street song? Or is that Under Construction? Oh well, either way. Blind Pig, 208 S. First St., 10 p.m. $4 ($6 under 21). 996-8588.

Althea Rene and D.D. Jackson This is subtitled “Happy Jazzy Friday.” Isn’t everyday at the Bird…jazzy? Bird of Paradise. 312 S. Main St., 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. $10-15. 662-8310.

Pride – DJ Timmy D Timmy D? Isn’t he on “Sopranos?” Didn’t he get whacked for eating Tony’s Danish? The Necto. 516 E. Liberty St., 9 p.m. $5 ($8 under 21). 994-5835.

Handel’s Messiah This classic oratorio has been performed annually at UMS since the Choral Union’s founding in 1879, and this beloved Ann Arbor tradition kicks off a weekend of holiday concerts. 8 p.m., The Michigan Theatre, $12-20; 764-2538.

THEATER

Man Of La Mancha See Thursday, 11 a.m. and 8 p.m., $27.50.

Hamlet See Thursday.

Saturday

BOOKS

Friends Holiday Bookshop Hundreds of books for sale that look brand new and that would make excellent gifts, including a separate room of children’s books in mint condition. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave.

CAMPUS CINEMA

Bowling for Columbine See Thursday. State Theater 4:30, 7, 9:30 & 11:45 p.m.

Far From Heaven See Thursday. State Theater 1:45, 4:15, 6:45 & 9:15 p.m.

Fight Club Ed Norton and Brad Pitt are the same person. No, I don’t mean Tyler Durden; seriously, in real life, they inhibit the same body. Wow, dating Jennifer Aniston and Salma Hayek at the same time must be fun, and dangerous. State Theater, Midnight.

The Last Kiss See Friday. Michigan Theater 5 p.m.

Naqoyqatsi See Friday. Michigan Theater 7:30 & 9:45 p.m.

Scrooged Bill Murray’s Christmas classic. “Okay, all the real men.” State Theater 2 p.m.

MUSIC

Saturday Looks Good to Me I bet these guys have trouble gigging on a Tuesday. Blind Pig, 208 S. First St., 10 p.m. $4 ($6 under 21). 996-8588.

Full This jam band is playing a benefit for the Lecturer’s Employee Organization. If they are ’employed’ why do they need a benfit? Leopold Bros., 523 S. Main St., 10 p.m. $5. 747-9806.

Josh White, Jr. Josh Baskin is Tom Hanks’s character in “BIG.” Jimmy jimmy cocco pop, jimmy jimmy ro-ck. I met a girl … and so forth. The Ark, 36 S. Main St., 8 p.m. $11. 761 1451.

Handel’s Messiah See Friday.

THEATER

Man of La Mancha See Thursday, 8 p.m., $27.50.

Hamlet See Thursday.

Sunday

CAMPUS CINEMA

Bowling for Columbine See Thursday. State Theater 2, 4:30, 7 & 9:30 p.m.

Far From Heaven See Thursday. State Theater 1:45, 4:15, 6:45 & 9:15 p.m.

Naqoyqatsi See Friday. Michigan Theater 3 & 7:30 p.m.

Satin Rouge It’s not Moulin, but it will do. Michigan Theater 5 p.m.

MUSIC

Bird Jazz Jam Poultry favored preserve for everybody. Bird of Paradise 312 S. Main St., 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. $10-15. 662-8310.

U-M Symphony Band Spend an afternoon with the classics … by smuggling in your headphones and your old tape with Zepplin 2 on one side and Rush’s Hocus Pocus on the other. RAWK! Michigan Theater. Free.

The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra UMS beings this special concert to Crisler Arena for a perfect holiday celebration for the entire family, and recreates the convivial atmosphere at Symphony Hall in Boston. 6 p.m., Crisler Arena, $25-50; 764-2538.

THEATER

Man of La Mancha See Thursday. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., $22.50

Hamlet See Thursday, 2 p.m.

Monday

CAMPUS CINEMA

Bowling for Columbine See Thursday. State Theater 7 & 9:30 p.m.

Far From Heaven See Thursday. State Theater 6:45 & 9:15 p.m.

The Last Kiss See Friday. Michigan Theater 9 p.m.

Naqoyqatsi See Friday. Michigan Theater 7 p.m.

MUSIC

Greg Trooper I never did see “Super Troopers”. ‘Cause it looked like it would be either really funny or really bad. The Ark, 36 S. Main St. 8 p.m. $12.50. 761-1451

Mark Kieswetter & Ron Brooks I have no beef with you Kieswetter. Stand aside and let RB take what’s coming to him. Bird of Paradise 312 S. Main St., 8 p.m. $3. 662-8310.

U-M University Philharmonia Orchestra Isn’t it Philharmonic? Is that a typo? What do we do? Stop the presses! Michigan Theater. Free.

Tuesday

BOOKS

Booked for Lunch Art historian Megan Holmes discusses her book “Fra Filippo Lippi: The Carmelite Painter.” Complimentary tea and coffee served. 12:10 p.m. Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave. free. 327-4200.

CAMPUS CINEMA

Bowling for Columbine See Thursday. State Theater 7 & 9:30 p.m.

Far From Heaven See Thursday. State Theater 6:45 & 9:15 p.m.

The Last Kiss See Friday. Michigan Theater 6:45 p.m.

Naqoyqatsi See Friday. Michigan Theater 9 p.m.

Satin Rouge See Sunday. Michigan Theater 9:15 p.m.

Sissi Part of the German Film series, so achtung. Michigan Theater 7 p.m.

MUSIC

Blind Pig Showcase All props to The Pig, but if you have to advance book your act, does that really count as an open mic night? . Blind Pig, 208 S. First St., 10 p.m. free ($2 under 21). 996-8588.

The Ron Brooks Trio I wonder what RB is doing with his holidays? Perhaps… trying to take over the world! And probably playing the bass at the Bird. He does that a lot. Bird of Paradise 312 S. Main St., 8 p.m. $5. 662-8310.

Wednesday

BOOKS

Nicholas Cotsonika Reads Cotsonika reads and signs copies of his new book, “Hockey Gods,” the inside story of a championship season for the Detroit Red Wings. 7 p.m. Borders Books & Music, 612 E. Liberty St. Free. 668-7652.

CAMPUS CINEMA

Bowling for Columbine See Thursday. State Theater 7 & 9:30 p.m.

Far From Heaven See Thursday. State Theater 6:45 & 9:15 p.m.

The Last Kiss See Friday. Michigan Theater 6:45 p.m.

Naqoyqatsi See Friday. Michigan Theater 7 & 9 p.m.

Sissi Part of the German Film series, so achtung. Michigan Theater 9:30 p.m.

MUSIC

Marianne Faithfull She is the most famous person coming to town all week. If you want to know what the voice of God sounds like, it’s Aretha Franklin. The Ark, 36 S. Main St. 8 p.m. $39.50. 761 1451

La Existance Instrumental indie? Blind Pig, 208 S. First St., 10 p.m. $4 ($6 under 21). 996-8588.

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