Ann Arbor Community Events and Entertainment for September

September has arrived and there is something for everyone here in Ann Arbor. Take a look at a few of the events happening around town this month!


September 06, 2012

Fashion’s Night Out

Briarwood Mall Fashion’s Night Out attendees can snag swag bags and prize giveaways, indulge in fashion, beauty and makeover treatments, sample food and drinks and watch fashion shows highlighting fall’s hottest trends.

Fashion’s Night Out celebrates more than just apparel and accessories; Briarwood Mall guests can also check out fashionable cakes! Zingerman’s will host a Fashion Cake Decorating Contest. Shoppers can vote for their favorite cake, with the winner receiving a cake decorating class seminar, “BAKE-cation!”, valued at $500. All of the cakes will then be auctioned off with proceeds benefitting the Simon Youth Foundation

Fashion’s Night Out is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. Goodie bags will be passed out to the first 300 guests starting at 6 pm.

Briarwood Mall, 100 Briarwood Circle, Ann Arbor
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When: Thursday September 06, 2012; 6pm – 8pm
Cost: This is a free event.

September 07, 2012

Leslie Science Center Summer Safari

It’s the “tail” end of summer, and an animal safari is in order. Animal tales, crafts and a safari style nature walk will provide just the right amount of adventure for this Summer Safari.

Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty Street Ann Arbor
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When: Friday September 07, 2012; 10 – 11:30am
Cost: $7 per child.


September 09, 2012

2012 Kerrytown Bookfest

The 10th Annual Kerrytown BookFest will again be held in the Farmers’ Market in the historic Kerrytown district of Ann Arbor, Michigan this fall on Sept. 9th.

The Kerrytown BookFest is an event celebrating those who create books and those who read them. The primary goal is to highlight the Ann Arbor area’s rich heritage in the book and printing arts while showcasing local and regional individuals, businesses, and organizations.

The festival feature authors, storytellers, publishers bookbinders, book artists, book illustrators, poets, letterpress printers, wood engravers, calligraphers, papermakers, librarians, teachers, publishers, new, used, and antiquarian booksellers and many others associated with books and their diverse forms, structure, and content. The children’s area, with storytelling and creative activities, is always popular as well.

Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market, 315 Detroit Street, Ann Arbor
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When: Sunday September 09, 2012; 11:00am
Cost: This is a free event.

Sep. 14, 2012 – Sep. 15, 2012

The Ark Presents: The Second City

Founded in Chicago in 1959, The Second City made the world safe for improv comedy and has become the premier training ground for comedy’s best and brightest. Second City alumni include Mike Nichols, Elaine May, Alan Arkin, Joan Rivers, Peter Boyle, Harold Ramis, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, George Wendt, John Candy, Bonnie Hunt, Chris Farley, Mike Myers, Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Horatio Sanz, and countless others. An evening with The Second City provides audiences with hilarious satire, cutting-edge improvisation, and the chance to see comedy stars in the making. No topic is off limits for The Second City, and if your parents asked you not to speak about it at the dinner table, chances are it will be made into a source of fun. If you’ve seen The Second City before, be aware that the troupe maintains several different shows at any given time. This year’s “Laughing Matters” tour has never been presented before at The Ark; it showcases the comedy world’s next generation in an evening of hilarious sketches and Second City’s trademark improvisation. With economic uncertainty, political gridlock and a dearth of Khardashians clogging up our televisions, laughing has never mattered more and The Second City is here to bring some well needed silliness and hilarious spontaneity to a world in need of some comic relief. “The Second City: Laughing Matters” puts comedy first in a wickedly funny revue that skewers and celebrates in equal doses.

The Ark, 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor
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When: Sep. 14, 2012 – Sep. 15, 2012; Show starts at 8:00pm, doors open at 7:30pm
Cost: $25, $20 with student ID in person at MUTO & Ark box office

September 21, 2012

Leslie Science Center: Fall is Fabulous

Leaves change colors, the weather turns cooler, and animals get busy preparing for winter.  Help us celebrate the season change with stories, pumpkin crafts, leaf collecting, and apple cider.

Leslie Science Center, 1831 Traver Road, Ann Arbor
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When: Friday September 21, 2012; 10 – 11:30am
Cost: $7 per child.


September 27, 2012

UMS Presents: The Chicago Symphony Orchestra

As part of the Hill 100 celebration, UMS is proud to present the Chicago Symphony. Their first ever UMS concert was in 1892 – 13 years after UMS began – and they have performed more than 200 UMS concerts. They opened Hill Auditorium on May 14, 1913 at the 20th Ann Arbor May Festival.

The concert—and the Hill 100 season—opens with Wagner’s Overture to The Flying Dutchman, a work that they performed at that same May Festival the season that Hill Auditorium opened.  Frequently heard in the 1920s, this piece has not been programmed on a UMS concert in nearly 35 years.  In 1888, Richard Strauss worked with Wagner at Bayreuth on a production of Tristan und Isolde, and some believe that his tone poem Death and Transfiguration, completed just a year later, was inspired in part by the “love-death” from Tristan. Cesar Franck’s most well-known work, the Symphony in d minor, dates from the same period and rounds out the program.

Hill Auditorium, 825 North University Avenue, Ann Arbor
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When: Thursday September 27, 2012; 7:30pm
Cost: $10-100, see website for more details


Sep. 28, 2012 – Sep. 29, 2012

UMS Presents: Suzhou Kun Opera Theater of Jiangsu Province

Can something 600 years old still feel young?  A collection of scenes from Kunqu, the Classical Opera of Globalized China.

In 2001, UNESCO declared kunqu, the 600-year-old grand opera of China, a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.” The declaration not only affirms the artistic and cultural distinctions of the genre, which is known for its perfect blending of dramatic literature, soulful singing, and elegant dancing, but also creates a context for its revival in contemporary and globalized China. The genre is now enjoying a revival, attracting audiences inside and outside China with performances that judiciously blend classical stories and performance practices with contemporary staging interpretations and technologies. Kunqu is recognized internationally for being both authentic and yet fresh and updated. In its own way, it is similar to the Royal Shakespeare Company’s fresh, yet authentic, interpretations of classical English plays.

Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University Avenue, Ann Arbor
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When: Sep. 28, 2012 – Sep. 29, 2012; 8:00pm
Cost: $30-40

September 29, 2012

The Ark Presents: Nanci Griffith

Nanci Griffith has appeared at The Ark many times, going back to the 1980s, and each of her shows brings something new. Over the years, perhaps no other songwriter has fused introspective folk songwriting with popular and country roots so thoroughly. On Nanci’s own 19 albums she draws on personal confessions, a photographer’s eye for Texas landscapes, and social and political themes, forging a kind of homespun but often complex Texas poetry that nobody else has quite matched. She also has a portfolio of songs that became major country hits for other artists, like “Love at the Five and Dime” (Kathy Mattea) and “Outbound Plane” (Suzy Bogguss). In the genre of the woman-hitting-the-road anthem, Nanci achieved a pair of enduring classics with “Listen to the Radio” and “Ford Econoline.” Nanci’s latest release, “Intersection,” is described by as “an album about difficulties, about anger, about things that slip away and things that explode.”

The Ark, 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor
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When: Saturday September 29, 2012; Shows start at 8:00pm, doors open at 7:30pm
Cost: $45

Above was a sampling of the activities occurring in our community during the month of September. Please be sure to check out one of the many events being held during the month and have a good time!

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