Shes been the darling of the country music world since she was a little girl, but Dolly Parton is a whole lot more than a pretty face. Not only has the big-haired, ample-bosomed songstress written some hauntingly beautiful ballads, she is a savvy entrepreneur, theme park owner, one heck of an actor and a philanthropist to boot. 7:30 p.m. at the Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-471-6611.
Her recent plunge into reality television with the decidedly hilarious (and surprisingly human) My Life on the D-List has made Kathy Griffin a household name. The acerbic redhead whose comedic break was on NBCs lukewarm hit, Suddenly Susan, hits Clinton Township for an evening of celebrity-bashing you arent soon to forget. Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, 44575 Garfield Rd., Clinton Township; 586-286-2141.
Zombie Dance Party
Eat some brains ... dance a little ... eat some brains ... have a drink. OK, so the Zombie Dance Party at Smalls in Hamtramck might not sanction organ-eating, but its definitely a good place to blow off some steam. Featuring W-Vibe (celebrating the release of their new 7-inch, Hi-Bouncer), the flamboyantly awesome Johnny Headband and the Pizzazz, this dance fest will be rousing enough to wake the undead. 10339 Conant, Hamtramck; 313-873-1117.
Its a common misconception that only cerebral types dig the organically interesting sounds of noise rock and avant-garde jazz. Guitarist Chris Riggs, bassist Bob Lester, and drummer Matt Endahl would like to change all that. The threesome, known as the ART Ensemble, performs a series of improvised pieces that show off a wide variety of influences ranging from the everyday to the esoteric. 8 p.m. at Canterbury House, 721 E. Huron, Ann Arbor; 734-665-0606.
2.0 Magazines Halloween Bash
The cream of the hip-hop crop rises this weekend at Octane Nite Club in Windsor. As part of hip-hop rag 2.0 Magazines Halloween Bash, local rappers Proof of D12, Royce da 59, Paradime, Miclordz and Richy Nix bring the noise. You provide the funk. 2629 Howard Ave., Windsor; 519-966-8383. Admission is $15; 19 and older welcome.
Peninsula combines modern dance, original music from experimental composer Frank Pahl and video technology for a multimedia travelogue that will titillate the senses. Six dancers will have their images projected on the screen behind them along with footage taken from a variety of Michigan locations including auto plants, pine forests, airports, dunes, copper mines and charcoal kilns. 7:30 p.m. at Concordia University, Kreft Center for the Arts, 4090 Geddes Rd., Ann Arbor. Call the Peter Sparling Dance Company at 734-747-8885 for tickets.
Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament
FUN FOR ALL
Rock, paper, scissors the tried and true method of determining who gets to ride shotgun and who has to take out the garbage has reached professional proportions. The World Rock Paper Scissors Societys Web site (worldrps.com) defines it as a decision-making game of wits, speed, dexterity and strategy between players who are unable to reach a decision using other means. RPS pros Chris and Christina Berggren will host a tournament with hopes of bringing Ann Arbor teens to the next level of the sport. The Berggrens will share their knowledge of nonoffensive hand gestures, provide tips and serve as judges for a tournament. The gambits (games) will be played to reach a decision or assign honor to the victor and will follow official societal rules. Sorry, kids; the Texas Longhorn is not an officially sanctioned move. Kids grades six to 12 are welcome to participate in this free event. 2-4:30 p.m., Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor; 734-327-4200.
Cooper-Moore & Assif TsAhar
A conclave of musical outsiders here: Ann Arbor-based Sublingual is the rare local group that lets pieces flow from loose, open-ended improvisation into heated polyrhythmic grooves. Saxophonist-educator-writer Salim Washington comes back from the East Coast for a rare appearance with bassist Hakim Jami and drummer Howard Byrdsong. Finally, theres the duo of multi-instrumentalist Cooper-Moore and adventurous saxophonist Assif Tsahar. Were not sure just what Cooper-Moores multi will embrace, but were assuming hell bring his homemade, one-string deedly-bo and rock the house like a postmodern One String Sam. Presented by the New Music Society at the Bohemian National Home, 3009 Tillman (22nd St.), Detroit; 313-737-6606. Suggested donation $10.
This Lansing-based group has been building a following by mixing up its roots in the jazz organ trio tradition with its affection for rock and funk, which is to say their repertoire has tributes to Jimmy Smith and a cover of Frank Zappas Peaches En Regalia. Since the tapes will be rolling for their next CD, expect them to be in top form. Bakers Keyboard Lounge, 20510 Livernois Ave., Detroit; 313-345-6300. Admission is $5.
Colleen Duffy, the coquettish pinup better known as Devil Doll, is half 40s torch singer, half James Dean. Shes a throwback to the days of feline female vocalists like Eartha Kitt, yet infuses her seduction with a bad-assed bruised-knuckles attitude thats generally reserved for the male side of the rockabilly scene. Her songs of lost love and comeuppance for cheating bastards are well-trodden ground, but Duffy has enough swagger, sultriness and stage presence to pull it off. Shes impossible to resist when, halfway through her set, she kicks off her stripper heels to dance barefoot on a zebra print rug. Appropriately enough, Devil Doll comes to Detroit on Devils Night. At the Lager House with the Koffin Kats. 1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-961-4668.Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org