The Village Life

The fast pace in A2 may have you wondering what life in a more pastoral setting would be like. Before making the move to greener pastures, listen to a few of the Miss Read books on compact disc and decide if the village life is really for you. Things can get rather complicated in Thrush Green especially in Winter. The Changes at Fairacre may also give you pause. What with vegetable gardening falling off, can coffee houses be far behind? Will pasta restaurants take over Market Square? The Miss Read stories are a delightful summer escape to England – no passport required.

Not Bitter

Even though Testimony. Vol.1, Life and Relationship by India.Arie is a musical ode to a failed relationship, do not expect negativity on this cd. This cd, which is a follow-up to her 2002 Grammy Award winning Voyage to India is filled with hope and positive messages.

In My Next Life

I will be Julia Child. And I will learn to cook as she does in My Life in France, her wonderful memoir of learning to taste and eat and buy and cook and drink and converse in the world of French cuisine. Julia’s cookbooks remain my most treasured and trusted. Pick up some crusty bread, tangy cheese and table wine to accompany this book on cd.

A Deeper, Darker Trip Down the Yellow Brick Road

Looking for a really out of the ordinary listening experience? Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West is so bizarre you’ll wonder if Gregory Maguire spent a little too much time in Oz. This witch belongs to one really dysfunctional family and the Wizard is not a well-adjusted individual either. This one’s way over the rainbow.

Events at The Ark this month

Below are some of the artists appearing at The Ark this month, with links to their CDs in our catalog. Check 'em out before you go! Gaelic Storm; Kelly Joe Phelps; Little Feat; Billy Joe Shaver; Suzy Bogguss; and Robbie Fulks.

Here is the complete list, plus ticket prices and musical styles.

Beat the Heat with a Bestseller

Let the narrator do the work for you in these dog days of summer. We have five NYT bestsellers on book on cd that are sure to keep your mind off the heat and on the story. Sitting at #2 is Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich. This time out Stephanie is rescuing a kidnapped kid. James Patterson comes in at #6 with Beach Road, the story of a high profile court case. Closing in on Patterson are Dean Koontz with The Husband and Douglas Preston with The Book of the Dead. Patricia Cornwell rounds out our list with At Risk, a cold case story (insert appropriate blog puns here.)

The Play Ground

The Play Ground

Rod Steiger's Jud Fry farmhand character from the 1955 movie Oklahoma still haunts The Play Ground. But Curly and Laurey and Aunt Eller sing classic Rogers and Hammerstein as they tell the story of the territory on the verge of statehood. Agnes de Mille, original choreographer, revolutionized musical theatre by creating dance that actually enhanced the plot. Now you can see it all in person. The Dexter Community Players are at the Dexter Center for the Performing Arts on July 27-29. 2200 Parker Rd., Dexter. 426-5060. For those who cannot make it to Dexter, check out a DVD or listen to a CD.
"I ....can't say no."

Ode to Hank

Hank Williams, the greatest singer and songwriter in country music, has been the subject of numerous biographies as much for the tragedy of his life as his musical genius. Now comes a very personal story, Lovesick Blues, that intertwines the life of Williams and his biographer and fan, Paul Hemphill. The connection begins with Hemphill’s description of listening to Williams sing “like a hurt animal” and the prose only gets better. Listen to this slim, beautifully written ode to Hank and then give a listen to Hank’s music.

Play! A Video Game Symphony - July 12, Orchestra Hall, Detroit

Video game... symphony? To many people, especially those who remember well the blips and bloops of the 8-bit era chiptune, video game music has come a long way. Coming a year after the popular Dear Friends: Music From Final Fantasy concert, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and conductor Arnie Roth, Play! showcases symphonic arrangements and pieces from games such as Super Mario Brothers, Halo, The Legend of Zelda, and Kingdom Hearts.

This concert is for people who get nostalgic over old consoles, cutting-edge gamers who know the soundtracks to their favorite games by heart, and for people who wonder just how video game music could manage to rise to symphony status.

The Play Ground

The Play Ground

Gotta "Love Me Tender" or at least, love that Michigan Elvisfest on Saturday, July 7th and 8th at Riverside Park located in Ypsilanti's Historic Depot Town. This is the largest Elvis tribute concert in North America! So, shake, rattle and roll with award-winning Elvis tribute artists and Las Vegas impersonators. Events for kids also. "Don't Be Cruel" and wear your "Blue Suede Shoes" to Ypsi this weekend. Friday, July 7, 5 PM - Midnight and Saturday, July 8, Noon to Midnight.

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