It’s true — terribly violent stories make some of the best theater. In 1990 convicted murder and renowned prison poet Jack Unterweger was released due to a pardon, one issued by the Austrian president at the insistence of the Viennese literati. His rehab didn’t go so well, but it usually doesn’t when you kill 11 prostitutes in your first two years of freedom. Academy Award nominee John Malkovich, backed by a 40-piece chamber orchestra and two sopranos, makes his UMS debut as Unterweger’s ghost — sharing striking, delusional and scattered memories in The Infernal Comedy: Confessions of a Serial Killer on October 1. $10-$75. 8pm. University of Michigan, Hill Auditorium. 734-764-2538. www.ums.org.
By K.A. Letts We expect public art— all those fountains, sculptures and murals— to express our civic soul, our collective values and our aspirations, providing visual relief from right angles and concrete. Ann Arbor’s PowerArt!, an ongoing project sponsored by the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority, the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission, The Arts Alliance
by Jeff Milo Music forges connections. And with an artist like Tyler Duncan spending the last 15 years in the producer’s chair for albums by Michigan-based artists, music cultivates versatility. Ann Arbor-based Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist composer/producer, Tyler Duncan’s fall/winter slate of production/writing-contribution credits include the forthcoming debut album by singer/songwriter Madeline Grant, followed by new releases
Swizzille Trip will take Ann Arbor on a dreamy, unhinged sonic ride Friday night. The Detroit psych-rock trio will host “Psychedelic Friday” with Detroit Trouble, The Kenny Hill Group, Frame 42 and XLR8 at The Blind Pig. It will be a far-out musical journey filled with trippy, poppy and down-home blues-rock fitting for a Labor