happening Today: Celebrate local food at the U-M Sustainable Food Program's 'Harvest Festival;' Ypsi Song Fest returns to the Ypsi District Library-Whittaker
The Ypsi Song Fest returns to the Ypsilanti District Library Whittaker branch this week. They will host a variety of musical activities throughout the week culminating in a free performance at Corner Brewery at 9 p.m. on Saturday by Sam Llanas. He was active in several roots rock bands, including the BoDeans. Martin Bandyke and Llanas will talk prior to his performance at 8 p.m. Today's activities are "One-on-one Sessions with Seasoned Songwriters" at 5 p.m.; "Songwriting for Teens with John E. Lawrence" at 6 p.m.; and "Celebration of the Songs of Motown with John E. Lawrence" at 7 p.m. Then, Friday will feature "After-Hours in the Garage" with Our Brother the Native and Known Moons at 7 p.m. The YDL-W is at 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti. The Brewery is at 720 Norris St., Ypsilanti.
The Penny Stamps Lecture Series brings interesting and intelligent people to the Michigan Theater on Thursdays. 5:10 p.m. This week, learn about Urban Prototyping with Peter Hirshberg. This work emphasizes the value of collaboration between artists and their cities as a“super catalyst” for the community-building process that creates a new form of urban experience through access and engagement. Free. 603 East Liberty St., Ann Arbor. 734-668-8463. www.michtheater.org/
Pianos ‘Round Town continues at Depot Town in Ypsilanti until Oct. 9. Business hours. Pull up the bench on any of the colorful pianos and tickle those ivories. Don't be shy! Pianos are located at Nelson Amos Studio (23 E. Cross Street); Cafe Racer (10 E. Cross Street); Ypsilanti Food Co-op (312 N. River Street); Mix (130 W. Michigan Ave.); Sidetrack (56 E. Cross Street); Depot Town Dispensary (35 E. Cross); Red Rock Downtown Barbecue (207 W. Michigan Ave.) Tower Inn Cafe (701 W. Cross). Free.
The UM Sustainable Food Program will hold their "Harvest Festival" today at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. 4-8 p.m. Listen to great live music, play lawn games or try your hand at some arts and crafts. Best of all, eat a delicious meal created by university chefs using produce from the campus farm and other small local farms. $10/students and $12/general at the door. Tickets available at http://www.umsfp.com/. 1800 N. Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor. 734-647-7600.