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WEDNESDAY-Sunday • 29-3

Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival

MUSIC

Hey, music lovers! The city of Ann Arbor has revitalized its annual Blues and Jazz Festival for 2004! This year, the festival touts everything from music education to weekend-long jazz and blues offerings at the Firefly Club (207 S. Ashley, Ann Arbor) to outdoor family fun. Highlights include: Wednesday, Sept. 29, the Ann Arbor District Library (346 S. Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor) will host a 7 p.m. screening of A Different Drummer, the 1979 documentary film about the late jazz drummer Elvin Jones. And on Saturday, Oct. 2, festival-goers can enjoy a free outdoor concert in downtown Ann Arbor (featuring Afro-beat newbies NOMO, the Paul Keller Orchestra, “A Tribute to Ray Charles,” Detroit Women and many more). Visit a2.blues.jazzfest.org for details.

 

THURSDAY • 30

Lolita Hernandez

LITERATURE

“As far as I could figure, that was my real family: the living and the dead in that place,” writes Lolita Hernandez in the introduction to her new book, Autopsy of an Engine and Other Stories from the Cadillac Plant (Coffee House Press). “That place” is Detroit’s Clark Street Caddy plant, where she worked for 21 years, right up to the plant’s closing in 1994, soaking up, to quote her again, “the crazy raw madness of a large industrial factory.” Years in the writing, the 12 stories in her book are her attempt to turn the facts of her factory years into fictions that get at the truth. And although the book is new, those offering advance praise include essayist Richard Rodriguez and food writer/memoirist Ruth Reichl. The publication party is Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Center for Creative Studies’ Center Galleries (301 Frederick Douglass, Detroit); call 313-664-7800. She’s also at Shaman Drum Bookshop in Ann Arbor on Oct. 6, at 7 p.m., and at the Scarab Club on Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m.

 

Friday- Saturday • 1-2

Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad

THEATER

Oy vey, do Jewish women ever have to deal with stereotypes! But thankfully, comedian Susannah Perlman has put together a variety show that helps explode the clichés that pigeonhole her fellow female Semites as either JAPs or garrulous “Jewish Mothers.” Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad — a mix of comedy, music, spoken-word and burlesque told by “gals who learned to smoke in Hebrew School, got drunk at their bat mitzvah and would rather have more ‘schtuppa’ than ‘chutzpah’” — is sure to bust some guts. See Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad at 1515 Broadway (1515 Broadway, Detroit) at 10 p.m. Call 313-268-4470 for more information.

 

Friday-Sunday • 1-3

Kerrytown Concert House 20th Birthday

MUSIC

After 20 years of dedication to musical excellence, the Kerrytown Concert House has become an esteemed part of Ann Arbor’s cultural tapestry. Celebrating its 20th birthday this week, this home to local chamber music, solo concerts and avant-garde jazz presents a three-day celebration of the kind of entertainment that made it famous. Performers include Tad Weed; the U-M saxophone Quartet; Deanna Relyea, mezzo soprano; James Dapogny; the poetry of Richard Tillinghast and more. At the Kerrytown Concert House (415 N. Fourth St., Ann Arbor); call 734-769-2999 or visit kerrytown.com/concerthouse for further lowdown.

 

Friday-Sunday • 1-3

The Imprint of Brown vs. Board of Education

ISSUES & LEARNING

It has been 50 years since Brown vs. Board of Education deemed segregation in the public schools unlawful. And this weekend — in honor of the 50th anniversary of this auspicious ruling — educators, students and those interested in the state of the public school system are invited to attend Marygrove College’s conference, “Revitalizing the Purpose and Spirit of Education: The Imprint of Brown v Board of Education.” Several local and national speakers will discuss how to move the education agenda forward and reverse the trend of failing public schools. Keynote speakers include Dennis W. Archer, former mayor of Detroit; Linda V. Parker, director, Michigan Department of Civil Rights; and Pedro Noguera, Ph.D., professor at New York University, an urban sociologist who focuses on ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions in the urban environment. At Marygrove College (8425 W. McNichols Road, Detroit); call 313-927-1496 to register: $125 for adults and $75 for students.

 

SATURDAY • 2

Rob Abate

MUSIC

Guitarist Rob Abate isn’t a regular jazz club gigger, but this week he’s coming on the scene in a big way, teaming up with two other underexposed Motown guitarists. Ron English harks back to Detroit’s seminal Contemporary Jazz Quintet of the 1960s. Robert Lowe’s playing provoked a “hot guitarist alert” from Guitar Player magazine last year. The magazine cited his ability to “effortlessly tear through funk grooves, bebop heads, fluttery chord-melody passages, and lead guitar riffs with fat, fast notes that each hit you soundly in the chest.” Rob, Ron and Robert will play a set in a “semi-unplugged format,” then add horn and a rhythm section for a second set of Abate’s arrangements. At the Cadieux Café, (4300 Cadieux St., between Mack and Warren avenues, Detroit). Call 313-882-8560.

 

Saturday • 2

The Phantom of the Opera

FILM

Accompanied by organist Tony O’Brien, Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel Phantom of the Opera comes to the screen just as it did back in 1925. Starring the great Lon Chaney — master of the pantomime — this silent film from the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House is a rare treat. Don’t miss the special attraction: 1921’s 20-minute silent film thriller, The Haunted House. Get into the Halloween spirit a little early this year at the Redford Theatre (17360 Lahser Road, Detroit); call 313-383-0133 for info; show time is 8 p.m.

 

Tuesday • 5

The Seeds

MUSIC

Time-tested, hipster-approved, the Seeds are one of the first American rock ’n’ roll bands to truly capture the spirit of the 1960s. Rumored to have coined the term “flower power,” and fronted by the ever-groovy Sky Saxon, this garage band-turned-psychedelia godhead is still one of the most underrated and important rock bands of the hippie generation. Most recently, their songs have been remembered on Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous’ sound track and on the Garbage cover of “Can’t Seem to Make You Mine.” See them at the Magic Stick (4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit); call 313-833-9700 for more information.

 

Tuesday • 5

The Red Elvises

MUSIC

Just when you think you’ve seen and heard it all, along comes a rockabilly band from Siberia. Yep, the Red Elvises are straight outta Russia, delivering goofy, delightful, undeniably catchy Chuck Berry-style rock that’s tinged with surf, honky tonk, traditional Russian, Greek and Middle Eastern melodies. Plus, they have just plain adorable Russian accents, and a great sense of humor (they start every show by announcing “Helloooo, Cleveland!” regardless of what city they’re playing). Watch for bass player Oleg’s bright orange 4-foot-wide electric bass (not like you could miss that sucker anyways). At Alvin’s (5756 Cass Ave., Detroit) with Koffin Kats. Call 313-831-4577 for more information.

 

Ongoing

Genome: the Secret of How Life Works

ISSUES & LEARNING

Take a dive into the gene pool and you will discover that 99.9 percent of the DNA that makes up human beings is identical — it is that pesky .1 percent of the double helix that separates you from the rest of the human race. Discover why this minuscule variance makes such a difference at Genome: The Secret of How Life Works, a family-oriented hands-on exhibit that explores the nature and the history of the discovery of these incredible scientific facts. At the New Detroit Science Center (5020 John R, Detroit); visit www.sciencedetroit.com or call 313-577-8400 for more information. Ends Dec. 23.

Eve Doster is the Metro Times listings editor. E-mail edoster@metrotimes.com. Metro Times arts editor Lisa M. Collins also contributed to this

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