best Bets: Join the 'Vampires' Ball' and feed on bloody good food; see Frankenstein's monster large and in charge on the big screen
Author Helen Pattskyn brings "Ghosthunting Michigan" to Nicola's Books on Monday. 7 p.m. Pattskyn researched each location thoroughly before visiting, digging up clues for the paranormal aspect of each site. Her approach to each site allows readers to decide whether or not the ghost stories are really true. Free. 2513 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. 734-662-0600.
Learn to make "Fall Cocktails" at Live/The Last Word on Monday. 7:30 p.m. Apples, pears, and pies with warm spices and molasses. Those are the flavors associated with autumn, and what you'll play with in this class. You'll also talk about how to make and use different kinds of sweeteners in cocktails. Hosted by Tammy's Tastings. $35. www.tammystastings.com/shop. 102 S. First St., Ann Arbor. 734-623-1443.
Musicologist Mark Clague will perform John Cage's pathbreaking aesthetic manifesto, the "Lecture on Nothing," at Stamps Auditorium, U-M Walgreen Drama Center on Monday. 8 p.m. The piece explores the composer/philosopher's concepts of structure, meaning, intent and silence, in advance of Cage's infamous 4'33". Free. No tickets required. 1226 Murfin Ave., Ann Arbor. 734-764-7260.
Join the "Chamber of Commerce Grub Crawl" on Wednesday. 6-9 p.m. The Crawl includes Fat Philly's & Burgers, Flat Top Stir-Fry & Grill, Glass House Cafe, Pita Pita, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Temptations Indian Cuisine and Whole Foods Market. Your ticket includes transportation provided by Golden Limosine and food at all the participating food venues. Alcoholic beverages must be purchased separately at each location. Adult tickets: $20. Kids 12 years and younger: $5. Get information and tickets at: business.a2ychamber.org/events/details/a2y-chamber-event-comcast-presents-the-a2y-chamber-grub-crawl-3701.
Vampire's drink blood, but on Wednesday night during the "Vampires' Ball" at Zingerman's Roadhouse, they'll help people in the community get a good solid meal by supporting Food Gatherers. 6:30-9 p.m. This benefit for Food Gatherers pairs a multi-course dinner with an evening of spooky entertainment. Guests are treated to readings from bestselling novelist (and former Ann Arbor resident) Elizabeth Kostova, tarot card readings and other spirited activities. Tickets are $150 per person. Tickets include dinner, gratuity, a goodie bag and two drink tickets. To purchase tickets, call Food Gatherers at 734-761-2796. 2501 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor. 734-663-FOOD.
Universal Pictures presents the "100th Anniversary Special Event: Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein" on Wednesday at Quality 16 and Rave Cinemas. 7 p.m. Besides seeing these classics, audiences will see exclusive interviews with Sara Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Jr. and make-up artist Rick Baker ("American Werewolf in London"). They will discuss classic horror movies, how legendary icons helped define the genre and how today’s films measure up to the classics. $12. Rave: 4100 Carpenter Road, Ypsilanti. 734-973-4823. Q-16: 3686 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. 734-623-7469.