happening Today: The Chicago Symphony to play 'The Flying Dutchman'; raise a toast to Arthur Guinness
See Joe Jackson at the Michigan Theater on Thursday. 8:30 p.m. Jackson's music has run the gamut from new wave to jazz, jump blues, Latin dance music and cabaret in the course of the his career, which began with the hit single “Is She Really Going Out with Him?" Thursday, he and his band will be joined by Regina Carter, the great Detroit jazz violinist. $45 and $65. Tickets available via Ticketmaster. 603 East Liberty St., Ann Arbor.
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.
Raise a toast toast to a true Irish hero, the founder of the Guinness brewery, on "Arthur Guinness Day" at Conor O'Neill's Traditional Irish Pub. Enjoy music by Mossy Moran, raise a toast to Arthur Guinness at 11 p.m. Get free Car Bomb cupcakes and free Guinness posters from 5 p.m. to close. No cover charge. 318 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. 734-665-2968.
The Penny Stamps Lecture Series brings interesting and intelligent people to the Michigan Theater on Thursdays. 5:10 p.m. This week, there will be a talk by Jennifer Karady and Paul Rieckhoff. Karady is a photographer of large-scale staged portraits who works with real people to dramatize their stories. She has a critically acclaimed series, "Soldiers’ Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan." Rieckhoff is a writer, social entrepreneur, advocate, activist and veteran of the United States Army and the Iraq War. He is the founder and executive director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. Free. 603 East Liberty St., Ann Arbor. 734-668-8463. www.michtheater.org/
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra will perform at Hill Auditorium. 7:30 p.m. There will also be a "Prelude Dinner" with Ken Fischer of the University Musical Society at the Campus Inn at 5:30 p.m. The celebratory dinner honors both 100 years of UMS performances in Hill Auditorium and Fischer’s 25th anniversary as president of UMS. $100 per person. Contact Rachelle Lesko at 734-764-8489 or email@example.com for reservations. The concert opens with Wagner’s Overture to The Flying Dutchman. This piece has not been programmed on a UMS concert in nearly 35 years. The program also includes Mason Bates’ Alternative Energy, which received rave reviews at its world premiere. Tickets start at $10. Hill is at 825 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor. 734-763-3333. Campus Inn: 615 East Huron St., Ann Arbor.