Sept. 4-11, 2002

FRI • THEATER Zombies From The Beyond This off-the-wall musical comedy puts tongue firmly in cheek to celebrate American ideals and foibles in the Eisenhower era; it’s part of the Richmond Good Old Days Festival. The story goes like this: Between the Cold War and space-race paranoia, the folks at the Milwaukee Space Center are up in arms about the arrival of rocket scientist Trenton Corbett. Trenton’s quest for romance (with the boss’ daughter) is jeopardized when a flying saucer lands in Milwaukee. The pilot? Zombina, a buxom alien aviatrix bent on procuring male specimens to repopulate her planet. Zombies runs Sept. 6-8 at 8 p.m. and continues Sept. 13-14 at 8 p.m. There’s a special matinee on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. The Richmond Center for the Performing Arts is at 69619 Parker St. (at Churchill Street) in Richmond, four blocks north of 32 Mile Road. Call 586-727-9518 for information.

6 FRI • DANCE Correspondence Low-key promoter Sharif Zawideh, brings a night of tasty modern soundscapes with his Correspondence event. Berlin, Chicago, and Detroit will compare notes on intellectual groove and wine-sipping, melodic quirks. Featuring T.Raumschmiere (of the genius German Kompakt imprint), Dabrye, Telefon Tel Aviv, Perspects, String Theory and Sharif himself performing as Maersk, Correspondence is first-rate programming. Scott Zacharias and Matthew Dear will DJ. It all happens at the Detroit Art Space, 101 E. Baltimore, Detroit; call 313-598-4695.

7 SAT • MUSIC Jazzanova Forget what you think you know from listening to Jazznova’s album, In Between. These folks are not musicians — or are they? The outfit’s a DJ/producer collective that’s taken the art of cut-and-paste to places unseen since Kenny Dixon Jr. first got his hands on a sampler. But what’s so much fun about seeing a couple DJs who are big on studio tricks? Expect to hear unreleased remixes and selections that showcase jazz as a state of mind rather than a sound. Be sure to get there in time for a DJ set from Koop’s Magnus Zingmark and a live one from Ayro, Detroit’s next electro-soul gem. At the Majestic Theatre, 4140 Woodward, Detroit; call 313-833-9700.

7 SAT • FUN FOR ALL Dally in the Alley As far as summer festivals go, our city saves the best for last with Dally in the Alley. Its location near Second and Hancock (a block to the southeast of Cass and Warren) is in the heart of one of Detroit’s coolest old neighborhoods and every year it offers a boatload of local merchants, artisans and musicians. Best of all, it’s a festival that capitalizes on the eclectic diversity of the downtown scene by presenting gritty rock, blues, urban folk and electronic music. But music is a small part of the back-alley fiesta — there are activities for children, food and clothing vendors and a chance to get some cozy memories of the city before the summer disappears. Surf to for complete information.

7 SAT • ART 4731 Grand Opening Local art visionaries Ric Geyer and Chris Turner celebrate the opening their new art space, 4731 (aptly located at 4731 Grand River, Detroit; call 313-894-4731) with "UnknownSpacesSpacesUnknown." This show marks the start of what promises to be one of the most happening downtown galleries. Be there for the show and reception Saturday, Sept. 7, 7-10 p.m.

10 TUE • MUSIC The Witches It’s known that Witches front man Troy Gregory is something of a slightly mad musical genius. He leads the underground all-star line up of the Witches through rants and confessionals, rockers and would-be cult classics with unprecedented charisma. This appearance at Club Bart (22726 Woodward, Ferndale; call 248-548-8746) with 4FR promises to be great.

11 WED • LITERATURE Sept. 11 remembrance The Detroit Institute of the Arts will open its doors on the anniversary of last year’s tragedy for a unique meeting of poets, educators, artists and musicians. Guests include poet and playwright Ron Allen; author Terry Blackhawk; poet and editor Melba Joyce Boyd (co-editor of Abandon Automobile: Detroit City Poetry); published poet, translator and Spanish lecturer Marilynn Rashid; poet and professor Chris Tysh and widely renowned young opera singer Audrey Luna. Admission is free. The Detroit Institute of the Arts is at 5200 Woodward, Detroit; call 313-833-7900.

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