Walking and Talking about Huron River Drive

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The weather's going to be perfect Saturday, April 21st, so get out the bike or get on your walking shoes and enjoy a vehicle-free portion of Huron River Drive from Bird Road to North Main between 9:00 a.m. and noon. The City is developing a Plan to improve that section of the roadway and they want your input on balancing the needs of different users of this beautiful stretch of Huron River roadway.

2007 Orange Prize for Fiction - Shortlist

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Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction, the UK’s only annual book award for fiction written by a woman, announces the 2007 shortlist

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Arlington Park by Rachel Cusk (A perosnal favorite)

The Booker Prize winner The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo.

The Observations by Jane Harris

Digging to America by Anne Tyler

This year’s shortlist honors both new and well-established writers and reflects the international reach of the prize with authors from Nigeria, China, India and America represented. Your vote?

Extra! Extra! Last Call for Student Films

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Student Films Across America is coming to the the Michigan Theater this summer. On June 26 the traveling festival will feature films by college and high school students from around the world.

Local area students can submit their films right now. The last date for entry is this Saturday April 21, 2007. Go to the official web site for entry information.

In August celebrity judges will hand out awards for Best of the Fest and Audience Choice films ($10,000!). There will also be $2000 cash prizes for best comedy, best drama, best documentary, best high school film, and best college film.

Imagining Eden: Connecting Landscapes

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Imagining Eden: Connecting Landscapes, an exhibition by photographer Lyle Gomes is on view at the University of Michigan Museum of Art Off/Site (through June 3, 2007)

Created over a sixteen-year period, this project represents a long-term study of “idealized human-made landscapes of parks, golf courses, gardens, and garden cemeteries (and) explore the enduring human impulse to shape the landscape and to strive for a harmonious balance between humankind and nature.”

Many of the images in this exhibition reflect Gomes’ personal journey and professional development. His Fulbright Scholar Award allowed him to spend time in Britain and a Rockefeller Foundation residency took him to Bellagio, Italy. He continues to reside in the San Francisco Bay Area and heads the Photography program at College of San Mateo. He is represented locally by the Halsted Gallery.

Composting Extravaganza

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Yes, composting can be extravagantly entertaining to watch when the science wizards at the MRF turn 12,000 tons of leaves into dark, yummy mulch. Join them this Saturday, April 14th, from 10:00 a.m. - noon, and receive a coupon for a free, yes free, bushel of compost. But wait there's more. You can also tour the recycling center for free.

Sol LeWitt, American Artist

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Sol LeWitt, 78, sculptor and muralist died April 8th, 2007 in New York.

Most often associated with his early sculptures Incomplete Open Cubes (image) seen in museums all over the world, LeWitt will be remembered for his dry humor (see New York Times Obituary} and his efforts to usher in Conceptualism and Minimalism as dominant art movements of the postwar era.

In 2000, a retrospective organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, which traveled to the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago showcased a new direction for LeWitt with newly colorful wall drawings that critics called "eye candy".

“A life in art is an unimaginable and unpredictable experience.”~ Sol LeWitt

Millers Creek Film Festival Awards

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Back in the fall there were a couple of blogs about the Millers Creek Film Festival. The Huron River Watershed Council was soliciting and accepting short, locally-made films about the Huron River for their second annual event.

At the awards ceremony held at the Michigan Theater on March 27, 2007 a large, appreciative audience viewed all eighteen entries.

And the winners are? Check out the Festival web site for the names of these talented filmmakers.

Raves for Jeff Daniels on Broadway

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A rave review from none other than Ben Brantley of the New York Times for Jeff Daniels performance in the Broadway play, Blackbird, "a drama that promises to be the most powerful of the season." The New York Times is available full-text online via the AADL Research database page.

Welcome News on Wireless Washtenaw

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Wireless Washtenaw is almost ready for prime time. And to get you up to speed and ready to log on, CTN Channel 19 will be talking to the movers and shakers behind this county-wide initiative on Conversations beginning Wednesday, April 11th at 10:30 a.m. with daily replays. Check the CTN schedule for full details.

Expedition 15 Launch!

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The launch of Expedition 15, the next crew to the International Space Station, is scheduled to takeoff today at 1:31PM (EDT) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. You can watch it live on NASA TV. On board will be the fifth space tourist to be launched into space, Charles Simonyi. He is President, CEO, and co-founder of International Software and worked for Microsoft from 1981 to 2002. While onboard ISS, Simonyi will be performing a series of experiments for the European Space Agency (ESA), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Hungarian Space Office.

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