the Bird of Paradise (312 South Main Street, Ann Arbor); call 734-662-8310.
7-8 FRI-SAT • FILM Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid — Almost every red-blooded American loves a Western. But while 1969’s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid managed to make audiences swoon with its gritty gun-toting appeal, its deviation from the standard shoot-em-up format and foray into comedy and romance makes it one of the finest American movies of all time. Dynamic duo Paul Newman (Butch Cassidy) and Robert Redford (Sundance) take flight in this tale of the Wild West — and hell, we can’t forget that Burt Bacharach’s sugary sweet can’t-get-it-outta-my-brain ditty, "Raindrops Keeps Falling on my Head" spawned from this gem of a flick. Check it out at the Historic Redford Theatre (17360 Lahser, Redford). Call 313-531-4407 for ticket information.
8 SAT • ISSUES & LEARNING Lessons of War? — The folks at the radical underground publication, Fifth Estate and the Rouge Forum (a group of teachers who will be discussing "how to teach for peace in wartime") are bringing you a good ol’ fashioned "Teach-In." Subjects of discussion will include cases where teachers have been censured (and censored) for speaking out for peace, as well as media analysis of the post-9/11 landscape. Speakers will include WRIF’s Peter Werbe from the popular call-in radio program Nightcall. At State Hall (on the campus of Wayne State University). Discussions begin at 10am. Visit www.rougeforum.org for further details.
8-9 SAT-SUN • FUN FOR ALL Autumn Harvest Indian Festival — As part of the annual Thanksgiving celebration of culture, crafts and cuisine, indigenous Michigan Indians — Ottawa, Ojibwa and Potawatomi — will gather to celebrate sacred customs and traditions. Not only will festival-goers learn about Native American culture, they will also be tantalized by the more than 50 performers whose brilliant dancing and ceremonial regalia are nothing short of awe-inspiring. Scheduled dances include the men’s traditional dance, the women’s fancy dance, the jingle dress dance and the crowd-pleasing hoop dance. This is perfect for the whole family. At the Southfield Civic Center (26000 Evergreen Rd., Southfield.) Call 248-352-0990 for ticket information.
09 SUN • MUSIC Grand Champeen—Listening to Grand Champeen’s raucous, unapologetic The One That Brought You might make you want to meet the band’s older brother. You know the guy — the beer chugging, air-guitar jamming, bass-ass motherfucker who terrorized parking lots in every sleepy hometown by blasting quality ’70s rock and tearing doughnuts in a beat-up car. In spirit, the Texas quartet takes a page from that book and rewrites it with the smarts of Big Star-learned pop melodies, sharp lyrical wit and a nostalgic soft spot for sugary harmonies. And, yes, there are plenty of solos for your very own air guitar. At Small’s (10339 Conant, Hamtramck). Call 313-873-1117 for more information.