The Play Ground

Busy, busy, busy. One old, one new. The Boys From Syracuse, a physical comedy full of farcical mischief will be at the Mendelssohn Theatre at the Michigan League on October 13-16. This was the first musical to be adapted from the works of Shakspeare when it opened in 1938. If you love Shakespeare, Richard Rogers, Lorenz Hart or George Abbott this is the play to see.
The Performance Network is co-premiering Joan Ackerman's play about a poetess who lives in happy obscurity until her neighbor, Edith Wharton, passes her work along to an editor who wants to publish it. Through October 30th.

The Women Rise to the Top

All Jacked Up by Gretchen Wilson is this week's no. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart and it is also no. 1 on Billboard's Country Albums chart. All Jacked Up topped her first cd Here for the Party in number of cd units sold the first week of sales.

In the no. 2 spot on this week's Billboard 200 chart is Wildflower by Sheryl Crow. Her 2002 title C'Mon, C'Mon also opened at the number two spot on the Billboard 200 Chart at the time of its debut.

Hoopster

Andre Anderson is the hoopster; he plays with skill and style. He also interns at a magazine, with aspirations to become a fulltime writer someday. When he writes an article on the topic of racism, he is praised and rewarded at work for his insights, but an extremist group takes offense and brutally attacks Andre. He struggles to re-group, heal and deal with his anger. JD Jackson narrates Andre's story with a dramatic flair. The author, Alan Lawrence Sitomer teaches English at an inner-city school.

New Music from Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple released her third album this week titled Extraordinary Machine. So far it has gotten good reviews and is a #1 seller on Amazon.com. The CD is on order now, so get on the hold list!

Upcoming Music Performances in the Detroit Area!!

Kanye West

Have you been enjoying the newest albums from The White Stripes, Death Cab for Cutie, Kanye West and Gwen Stefani? Well you can catch these artists on tour at a nearby venue!

9/30 – 10/02 -- The White Stripes @ The Masonic Temple in Detroit, MI
10/14 – Death Cab for Cutie @ The Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor, MI
10/22 – Kanye West @ The Fox Theater in Detroit, MI
10/29 – Gwen Stefani @ The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, MI

Check out Ticketmaster for ticket information!

Let’s Yoga!

Stretch your body as well as your mind with a yoga book on audio. The Beginner’s Guide to Yoga will get you started, Yoga Stretch for Fitness will keep you going and Lilias Yoga Complete will guarantee your status as a yoga master.

Baroque folk

Siblings Martha and Rufus Wainwright and their parents Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle all contributed to the McGarrigle Hour, a folk album that guest-stars Emmylou Harris. While the other McGarrigle and Wainwrights tend towards the traditional and folk side of things, Rufus Wainwright is known for his ”baroque pop” songs rich with harmonies and intimate lyrics. He’ll be appearing at the Michigan Theater on October 9th.

The Play Ground

The Play Ground can barely catch its breath because of the exciting news that “America’s Beautiful Voice,” premier soprano Renee Fleming is coming to Hill Auditorium on October 13. Renée Fleming will be performing in Richard Strauss’s Daphne with the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne and Men of the WDR Radio Chorus Cologne. This will be a concert opera — operas performed in a concert setting with limited theatrical stage effects. In addition, Music Specialist Richard LeSueur will discuss the plot and the background of the Strauss' late masterpiece Daphne on Sunday, October 9 at 3pm Downtown at the Ann Arbor District Library.

#1 Record/Radio City

Although they only released three albums, Big Star is one of the most influential power pop bands of all time. They combined the best aspects of bands like the Kinks and the Byrds, added a touch of soul and created songs that are fantastically catchy. Frustration from their lack of commercial success led to several lineup changes and ultimately to the band's break up, but critics and bands such as R.E.M. continue to rate Big Star as one of the most important bands of the seventies.

Edinburgh Chronicle

Not a devoted fan of Alexander McCall-Smith yet? You will be after listening to his newest title, 44 Scotland Street. He takes leave of Botswana to chronicle the lives of the residents of an Edinburgh apartment house. You’ll swear McCall-Smith spent time in Ann Arbor as he describes the lives of artsy Domencia, an Auden-reading 5-year-old and his therapy-loving parents and plenty of other well-drawn characters. Kilts, brogues and Scottish fare are fair game too. So take leave of the serious stuff for this droll and enjoyable story.

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