Arcade Fire Returns

Montreal-based rock group Arcade Fire debuted with the big hit Funeral a few years back. Now Arcade Fire is back with the anticipated sophomore release Neon Bible. Neon Bible entered the Billboard 200 Chart at number 2. This was their best charting week ever. Will Neon Bible reach the popularity of Funeral?

A Man Named Luther

Did you know Martin Luther supported the seperation of church and state? Have you ever wondered what the 95 Theses were and how they influence Western Civilization? Would you be surprised that Martin Luther helped to introduce the Modern Era and end the Middle Ages? The Teaching Company produced a two-part lecture series called Luther: Gospel, Law, and Reformation. Part One covers Luther's early life and the beginning of his teachings Part Two goes deeper into Luther's writings, covering topics like Luther and the Bible and Luther and Politics.

The Play Ground

The Play GroundThe Play Ground

"Its My Party" and I'll Cry If I Want To...Ah, the memories. We ruined our hips twisting away to music from the 60's. At least we can still tap our feet and snap our fingers and we will get that chance at the Ark this Sunday night. Lesley Gore makes her Ark debut, just 42 years after she began her career with great pop instincts and an independent spirit. Sunday's program is called "Stories of self-revelation in song." Should keep us moving. Show starts at 8 pm and doors open at 7:30 pm

Kid Bits - NEW "easy" chapter books

NEW books for kids who are reading "thin" chapter books are always coming in. I see the following NEW titles by Kate DiCamillo on the shelf, Mercy Watson Goes For A Ride and Mercy Watson Fights Crime. Mercy Watson joins Babe, and Wilbur in delightful pig literature. If you already found Mercy Watson To The Rescue you will like these additions. You can also find them in audio-book for car rides. =)

Gilberto Gil!

Yes, legendary musician, songwriter and activist Gilberto Gil is in Ann Arbor this week! There is still time to get tickets to his performance at the Hill Auditorium this Friday, March 16th at 8pm. I'll be "esperando na janela." If you want a preview or can't make it to the concert, the library currently has Quanta Live for check out.

Daughtry is No Fluke

Daughtry by Daughtry has reclaimed the number one position on the Billboard 200 Chart. Maybe Chris Daughtry should have won the recent americanidol.com competition over Taylor Hicks whose cd Taylor Hicks has not reached one million in sales and not done as well on the Billboard Chart.

Got the Blues?

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Let Bobby "Blue" Bland help chase them away at the Detroit Blues Festival this Saturday, March 10th. Performances times are 4pm and 8:30pm at the Detroit Opera House.

Other artists include: Bobby Rush, Shirley Brown, Marvin Sease, Latimore, Mel Waiters, Floyd Taylor, and Theodis Ealey.

Need weekly "Blues" therapy? Check out the Detroit Blues Society's Web Site. Their calendar stays packed...

Enjoy!

HIP-HOP's NOT DEAD!

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Catch one of Hip-hop's greatest, Talib Kweli in concert w/ special guest, Jean Grae this Friday, March 9th - 9pm at Clutch Cargo's in Pontiac. This Brooklyn native is consider a legend among his peers. If you know your Hip-hop facts, you may remember Jay-Z's famous rhyme from "Moment of Clarity" on The Black album, "If skills sold, truth be told / I'd probably be, lyrically, Talib Kweli."

Need another Hip-Hop lesson? Check out these artists:

ARTIST HIGHLIGHT: Corinne Bailey Rae

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Corinne Bailey Rae is an English born songstress with a Neo-soul sound. You may have heard the radio single, Put Your Records On. She has a lighter sound than some of artists of the same genre, but if you enjoy Amel Larrieux, Vivian Green, and Erykah Badu, then check out Corinne's self-entitled album.

Enjoy!

The Play Ground

The Play GroundThe Play Ground

Midori has been playing the violin for 24 years though she is only in her mid-30s. A true child prodigy, her career was launched at age 11 when she was invited by Zubin Mehta to appear as a guest solist for the New York Philharmonic's New Year's Eve celebration in 1982. She made her University Musical Society debut at age 19 during the 1991 May Festival and was last here in 2004. Midori is a passonate educator and devotes a good portion of her time to five organizations she has founded, dedicated to improving access to great music. Hill Auditorium, Sunday, March 11 at 4pm.

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