Hot Foreign Language Titles on DVD

Among the most popular foreign titles recently purchased by the Library are three Hindi language films, Baabul (not to be confused with Babel), Don, and Khosla Ka Ghosla; and the Spanish hit Volver. Currently on order--and also on demand--are: The Aura (Spanish) and The Petit Lieutenant (French).

To find other foreign language films in our collection, use the language as your keyword choice (e.g. "Italian language") and choose "DVD" under Material Field.

Man Raised by Apes found in Africa

A man was recently found in Africa, aparently raised by apes. His human parents were shipwrecked shortly before his birth and died shortly after. A she ape raised the young child, who eventually became the leader of the group. After rescueing a Frenchman from natives, the jungle man learns to be "civilized". So goes one of the greatest adventure stories of all times, Tarzan of the Apes, frist published in 1912. Edgar Rice Burroughs went on to wrote a total of 25 stories about Tarzan. Teen Top Sellers

A2 Events: Need a new groove for spring?

Try contact improvisation dance and move where the groove takes you. On Saturday May 5th and Sunday May 6th local contact improv teacher, Stefanie Cohen will host a visit by Kathleen Maltese, a Chicago-based dancer, teacher and co-founder of the Chicago Contact Improvisation Group, for a special series of classes where students will explore the practice of falling and jamming. The event will also include dancers from throughout the Great Lakes region, an open dance for all, food, and live music by Detroit band Immigrant Suns. For more information, check out the Ann Arbor/Detroit Contact Improvisation website. If you want to read more about contact improv, check out:

Dances That Describe Themselves: The Improvised Choreography of Richard Bull
Choreography: A Basic Approach Using Improvisation
The Moment of Movement: Dance Improvisation
Speaking of Dance: Twelve Contemporary Choreographers on Their Craft

April is Jazz Appreciation Month

Even if it wasn't Jazz Appreciation Month, I would recommend the collaboration between Paul Rogers and Wynton Marsalis, called Jazz A B Z The poems work best when read aloud, and then you'll want to try samples of all the jazz greats presented. All Music Guide to Jazz may help guide you along.

Sophisticated Ladies:The Great Women of Jazz by Leslie Gourse

What do Bessie Smith, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, and Ella Fitzgerald have in common? They are the great women of Jazz. Historian Leslie Gourse brings all these talented women together with a short biography of each in Sophisticated Ladies: The Great Women of Jazz.

Run Spot Run


But where, Spot, where? A public meeting to discuss a proposal for an off-leash dog park at Ward Park will be held on Wednesday, April 26, 7 p.m., at Ann Arbor Church of Christ. The Swift Run Off-Leash Park, a collaboration between the City of Ann Arbor & Washtenaw County is still under construction.

Earth Day Festival at Matthaei


Sunday, April 22, will be even more beautiful when you attend the Earth Day Celebration at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. From noon to 4 p.m. take in animal demonstrations, live entertainment, hands-on activities and of course miles of nature trails and outdoor gardens. Start your visit with a nature walk at 12:30 led by the Huron River Watershed Council, then head over to the All Species Parade at 2 p.m. Admission is FREE thanks to donations from area businesses, so take this opportunity to get acquainted with Matthaei.

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #60

For a Few Demons More by Kim Harrison, the 5th in her paranormal mystery Hollows series just made it onto the Publishers Weekly Bestsellers. A hardback debut, it features a Rambo-esque Rachel Morgan - witch and bounty hunter who is assigned to protect an ancient artifact from demons and from Piscary, the vampire master.

With a serial killer on the loose and her werewolf pal being the prime suspect, growing tension at home with vampire roommate and boyfriend Kisten, Rachel’s high-octane supernatural adventures will leave you spellbound and breathless.

This series with a sexy, urban, kick-ass tough female protagonist will appeal to fans of Laurell K. Hamilton's erotic Anita Blake (federal marshal, vampire executioner, raiser of the dead) series. and L.A. Banks’ Vampire Huntress Legend series with African-American runaway Damali Richards and her eclectic band of guardian protectors/evil vampire fighters. Erotic, pop-fiction gritty and action-packed.

Another first - many authors and publishers are making a splash in the internet. Check out Kim’s spot on MySpace.

Stories From the Sky

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One of the latest additions to NPR's StoryCorps is the story from a flight attendant who took to the skies in the 1940s and loved every minute of her job. Read more about flight attendants in Georgia Panter Nielsen's From Sky Girl to Flight Attendant.

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