"Daughters of the Dust" at the Michigan Theater

Eli Peazant: "What're we supposed to remember, Nana? How, at one time, were we able to protect those we loved? How, in Africa world, we were kings and queens and built great big cities?"
Nana Peazant: "Eli, I'm trying to teach you how to touch your own spirit. I'm fighting for my life, Eli, and I'm fighting for yours. Look in my face! I'm trying to give you something to take north with you, along with all your great big dreams."

Originally released in 1991, Daughters of the Dust tells the story of the Peazant family, an early 20th century African American family trying to make the difficult decision to migrate north or remain on the Sea Islands off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia where they have maintained their Gullah language and culture. Director Julie Dash creates a stunning portrait of three generations torn between maintaining tradition and the prospect of a new life. Daughters of the Dust won the Sundance Film Festival award for Best Cinematography in 1991. It will show at the Michigan Theater this Thursday, October 12th at 7:15pm and again Sunday, October 15th at 6pm.

World Series- dare we hope?

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Here we are. The Tigers just wiped out the New York Yankees who were thought by some to be the best team in baseball. Now can they go the rest of the way? I think they can. What do you think?

The Tigers have a great manager in Jim Leyland. He's got the Tigers doing what the basketball Pistons did a few years back. He's got them playing as a team. What a concept! Everybody knows thats what you're supposed to do but you see it so rarely.

If you're interested in the history of the World Series the Library has some great books on the subject.

Martha Graham Study Club here Tuesday night

If you're planning to attend the October 13 or 14 UMS performance of the Martha Graham Dance Company, you don't want to miss the study club here at AADL Tuesday night. Peter Sparling, UM Professor of Dance and former principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company, will talk about Ms. Graham's life and legacy in the world of American modern dance and present rare archival footage and demonstration. This event is open to the public and will take place on Tuesday, October 10, 7-8:45 p.m. in the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room. Meanwhile, the Martha Graham Dance Company is also featured on the DVD Martha Graham in Performance, "...among the two or three successful dance films ever made." (Clive Barnes).

Commercial sellout or exciting new kind of teen read?

Cathy's Book: If Found Call 650-266-8233 has been panned by the publishing world for its ties with Proctor & Gamble. The story includes mention of various Cover Girl products. In addition Proctor & Gamble is helping to promote the book.

The book’s main character, Cathy, is searching for her boyfriend who disappears shortly after breaking up with her. As she turns up clues (phone numbers or a company name) she calls the numbers or Googles the company name. You, the reader, can too. By dialing the phone numbers and searching the web you can glean additional information.

Intrigued or turned off? We haven’t ordered this book yet. Should we?

Annie Get Your Camera

It’s hard to shake a stick without running into a photograph taken by Annie Leibovitz lately. Famous for her Rolling Stone photographs of the 70’s and 80’s, she most recently made headlines for snapping the coveted first pics of little Suri Cruise and family. Now she’s released a new book. A photographer’s life 1990-2005 draws not only on her evocative images of the rich and famous, but also exhibits work from her private, personal life—her friends, family, and in particular, the late Susan Sontag.

Some of these photographs are also featured in the DIA’s exhibit, on display through January: Annie Leibovitz: American Music, which chronicles her role as a photographer of American Roots musicians and those who’ve been influenced by the movement. See images up close and in personal of B.B. King, Pete Seeger, The White Stripes, and many others.

Buck O'Neil, A Baseball Legend Dies

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John "Buck" O'Neil, age 94, passed away in a Kansas City hospital Friday night. A player and manager for the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro Leagues as well as the first black baseball coach when hired in 1962 by the Chicago Cubs, O'Neil was known not only for his love of baseball but also for life.

Buck was a fabulous storyteller and was "discovered" in his 80's when he appeared in Ken Burns series, Baseball. Read some of those stories like why baseball great, Satchel Paige called him "Nancy" in the Kansas City Star.

Music Resources on the Radio and the Library

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Here in Ann Arbor we have an abundance of musical resources available.

I'm mostly interested in Traditional music that’s often labeled Folk Music. Some of my favorites on radio include Folks Like Us with host Matt Watroba on WDET 101.9 FM, Saturdays from 11a.m to 2 p.m. and The Folk Tradition on WKAR-FM 90.5, every Sunday at 6:00 p.m. hosted by Bob Blackman. There's also a multitude of great music shows on the U of M student run station WCBN 88.2 FM (limited broadcast range of 200 watts). I especially enjoy their "The Down Home Show" when Tex is the host. It's obvious that he enjoys presenting the music. It's on Saturdays Noon to Three.

Don't forget the Ann Arbor District Library has at all Library locations an excellent collection of cd's of all types of music for customers to take home and enjoy.

Funke Fans--Have Heart!

Fans of Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart will have to wait a little longer to get their hands on the final installment of the trilogy. According to Funke, the “working title is Inkdeath,” and it could be released some time in 2007. While you’re waiting, check out Funke’s new series for younger readers, Ghosthunters, or one of her fantastic novels for older kids, like The Thief Lord—I’m currently listening to the audio book, and it’s so good that I make excuses to get back into the car and listen to another chapter. Finally, if you’re especially patient, start counting the days until the Inkheart movie is released in 2008!

Famously Passionate and Moderate

William G. Milliken: Michigan's Passionate Moderate, by Dave Dempsey, will be discussed when the Sierra Club Book Club meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 10) at Nicola’s Books in the Westgate Shopping Center in Ann Arbor. The book is a portrait of Michigan’s longest-serving governor, a Republican who was born in Traverse City and fought in World War II. Milliken was lieutenant governor from 1965 to 1969, and was then voted into four-year terms in 1970, 1974, and 1978. The author is policy advisor for the Michigan Environmental Council. His other books include Ruin and Recovery: Michigan’s Rise as a Conservation Leader and On the Brink: The Great Lakes in the 21st Century.
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Cowboy Robots

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Kazu Kibuishi (of Flight fame) released his debut graphic novel, Daisy Kutter: The Last Train, in 2005. It has been receiving praise ever since, including being selected by the American Library Association as one of the Best Books for Young Adults for 2006.
The story is simple. Daisy Kutter is a retired gunslinger who takes on one last job. The setting has an old west feel with robots. Kibuishi’s mastery of comics timing adds dimension to the story and characters. Hints of his influences, such as Hayao Miyazaki, can be seen in his work, but his loose and fluid style is unique.
Be on the lookout for Kibuishi’s lastest work, Amulet, due out in fall of 2007 from Scholastic’s Graphix imprint.

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