5 things to do today: Thursday, October 17
Simon Winchester British writer Simon Winchester (The Professor and the Madman, Krakatoa) discusses his latest book, The Men Who United the States: America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible. It explores what factors led to disparate states becoming unified. Each ticket can be redeemed for $10 off the cover price of the book. Unity Temple. 7pm. $10.
Taste of Detroit 4.0: Terrance Parker + Tim Baker + Adam Stoltz Get your dose of Motor City muscle in this sampler of techno both old- and new-school. With thudding synthetic pianos and deep bass, Parker serves up house music your pops would dig (assuming you have a cool dad who hung around Chicago discotheques when Reagan took office). Stoltz streamlines the trademark sound into something sleek, mean and minimal. Primary. 10pm.
Adler After Dark: Particle Party Join the Adler Planetarium the third Thursday of every month for nighttime shows and entertainment. Adler Planetarium. 6:30pm–10:30pm. $20, Members $15.
Animal Collective + Deradoorian Animal Collective’s David Portner, a.k.a. Avey Tare, has always been fascinated by the idea of an alien band. If you’ve ever experienced the glitchy beatscapes, oddly stretched-out melodies and synthesized digital mayhem of the group’s epic live shows, then you have a taste for what he’s talking about. Tonight the avant-pop MVPs bring their spacey, jammy anthems to the Riv, where they'll dig into their latest pleasantly perplexing opus, Centipede Hz. Riviera Theatre. 7:30pm.
Vander Mill Cider Dinner at Quince Get into the fall spirit with a four-course meal paired with five Vander Mill Ciders. Quince's Executive Chef Andy Motto will be preparing seasonal dishes like butternut squash, cobia and pork with pears and honey. Tickets include price of meal and ciders. Quince. 6:30pm. $75.