The Play Ground

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Midori has been playing the violin for 24 years though she is only in her mid-30s. A true child prodigy, her career was launched at age 11 when she was invited by Zubin Mehta to appear as a guest solist for the New York Philharmonic's New Year's Eve celebration in 1982. She made her University Musical Society debut at age 19 during the 1991 May Festival and was last here in 2004. Midori is a passonate educator and devotes a good portion of her time to five organizations she has founded, dedicated to improving access to great music. Hill Auditorium, Sunday, March 11 at 4pm.

Jackie's Bat by Marybeth Larbiecki

Jackie Robinson is playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers for the very first time. The batboy is told by his papa that “it aint’ right, a white boy serving a black man,” but Jackie goes on to earn the respect of his team, the fans and the batboy. Told from the point of view of Jackie Robinson’s batboy Marybeth Larbiecki scores a big one in Jackie’s Bat.

Wow! More Gospel!

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Hey, guess what? WOW Gospel 2007 is in! You should also check out the rest of the WOW Gospel Series... but don't ask what happened to the year 2004... don't even think about asking...

But you're welcome to submit a suggestion to add the 2004 (and 2001, 2000, 1998) back in the collection! Please!?!?

Go Team Go!

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Let’s put the trees back in Tree Town. Join a Tree Team and help replant trees lost in Ann Arbor due to the emerald ash borer infestation. Volunteers interested in forming a neighborhood or school area Tree Team, please call Global ReLeaf at 800-642-7353 or visit their website to register a team.

New Fiction Titles on the New York Times Best Sellers List (2/18/07)

This week there are new contenders vying for the publishing world's equivalent of the golden ring. Can they be the next Da Vinci Code?

At #3 is The Alexandria Link by Steve Berry: "A former Justice Department operative turned bookseller hides a link to the secrets of the vanished library of Alexandria from wealthy international thugs."

At #7 is Deep Storm by Lincoln Child: "A doctor investigates diseases at an ocean-floor research facility that may have discovered the ruins of Atlantis."

At #9 is Hide by Lisa Gardner: "Bobby Dodge, a former sniper with the Massachusetts State Police, now a detective, unravels a mystery that begins with the discovery of six corpses beneath a state mental hospital."

At #10 is Allegiance by Timothy Zahn: "Events that occurred between “A New Hope” and “The Empire Strikes Back” : a “Star Wars” novel."

Rain Gardens, Green Roofs and Organic Lawn Care

Project Grow has linked up with the Michigan Groundwater Stewardship Program for a series of programs. They will be offering classes throughout March on how best to protect our vulnerable local watershed.

The first class on rain gardens and how they can reduce runoff will be on Wednesday March 7 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Leslie Science Center. Dave Russell will discuss plant and soil selection and other ways to improve our local water quality.

Other classes will be on green roofs and organic lawn care.

No fee is required, but donations are encouraged. Check out the class calendar for the "2007 Gardening For Water Quality Series".

You can also call 734-996-3169 for more information .

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #53

Jude Coyne is a jaded rock star. But unlike others who collect vintage cars and McMansions, he is a collector of the bizarre and grotesque: like a stiff and worn hangman’s noose and a snuff movie. He latest prize is a ghost purchased in an auction online and delivered to his doorstep in a black Heart-Shaped Box*. The dogs were the first to go crazy, even before the UPS guy has a chance to unload the box....

Inside, is a man’s suit but before long, its previous owner is everywhere in Joe’s life – swinging a razor blade on a chain.

Joe Hill, the two-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award and the Ray Bradbury Fellowship for short fiction will grab you with this terrifying and relentless supernatural thriller. For Edgar Allen Poe fans. Film rights sold to Warner Brothers. Joe Hill is the pen name for Joe King (son of Stephen).

* = Starred Reviews

"It Happened One Night" over and over

On February 22, 1934, Frank Capra's film, "It Happened One Night" was released. This screwball comedy starring Claudette Colbert as a spoiled heiress and Clark Gable as a cocky reporter was the first film to sweep the the Academy Awards which, by the way, are presented this Sunday, February 25 at 8 p.m. on ABC. The movie became a standard for other romantic comedies of the period like "Bringing Up Baby" with Katherine Hepburn and "Mr. and Mrs. Smith with Carole Lombard. And Capra became known as a master of the comedy genre.

New Yorker born

Today, February 21 is the anniversary of the first publication of the New Yorker magazine in 1925. Every year, the first cover of a dandy peering at a butterfly through a monocle is reproduced. Known for its incisive reporting by writers like Seymour Hersh and Elizabeth Kolbert, fiction and poetry by John Updike, Alice Munro and Stanley Kunitz, and book, play and movie reviews, the The New Yorker has maintained the highest editorial and literary standards. Of course, when I receive mine, the first thing I look at are the cartoons which if nothing else will, makes me laugh that day, like the one showing a naked king walking away from his throne and one guard saying to another, "There are enormous challenges facing this country." You can access some short articles and excerpts by going to their online edition.

We're Taking Back Sunday...

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... and now that I've got your attention...

Taking Back Sunday will perform Friday, Feb. 23rd, 7:30pm at the EMU Convocation Center.

Before you mosey on over to the concert, check out their new album, Louder Now.

BTW... Under Oath and Armor for Sleep will be performing as well... double bonus!

Can't get enough? Here are a few artists with a similar sound and style:

New Found Glory
Relient K
30 Seconds to Mars

Enjoy...

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