National Library Week Event: Let's Put On A Play! Celebrating 85 Years of the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre

Monday April 13, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Did you know that Gilda Radner got her start on the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre stage? Or that Brynn O’Malley, the star of Broadway’s new musical Honeymoon In Vegas, won local awards for her Ann Arbor Civic Theatre performances as Maria in The Sound Of Music and Anne Egerman in A Little Night Music?

Take a musical step back in local theater history as AADL unveils its digital archive of Ann Arbor Civic Theatre with an evening of music, memories and performances by the beloved local theater company.

The evening includes reminisces from local Ann Arbor Civic Theatre celebrities: musical performances from Follies, Chicago, and Guys and Dolls; previews from upcoming productions of Rent and 101 Dalmatians; a digital look at past productions, and the official announcement of A2CT’s 2015-2016 season. Refreshments will be served.

Musical performers include Anne Bauman, Glenn Bugala, Amanda Burch, Jennifer Goltz, Caitlin Rowe, Kathy Waugh, the cast of Civic Theatre’s upcoming production of Rent and the young actors from the A2CT’s Junior Theater production of 101 Dalmatians. Laurie Atwood, Nancy Heusel and Chris Tabaczka-Hover will also offer poignant and amusing memories of Ann Arbor Civic Theatre’s past.

AADL will unveil their new website detailing the history of this award-winning local theater company, including over 1,000 reviews and photographs from the Ann Arbor News, a chronology of past programs, and hundreds of photos and posters from the Civic Theatre's archive.

National Library Week Event: Celebrate National Poetry Month with Laz Slomovits!

Wednesday April 15, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up

Laz Slomovits (of the folk duo Gemini) presents an evening of poetry he has set to music. Accompanied by harmonica virtuoso Peter Madcat Ruth and Emmy award-winning keyboard player Brian Brill, Laz joins a very ancient tradition found in cultures all over the world — for musicians to take beloved poems and turn them into songs. From the mystical lyrics of the 13th & 14th Century Persian poets, Rumi and Hafiz, to the classic poems of the American greats, Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost, to those of the much loved contemporary poet, Naomi Shihab Nye, Laz’s gorgeous melodies make these poems leap off the page. A special feature of this program will be Laz’s settings of the poems of Michigan poets Linda Nemec Foster, Nancy Baker, Faith Heers, Jennifer Burd and others.

National Poetry Month: Poetry Night with Jeff Kass, Angel Nafis, Shira Erlichman & Volume Youth Poets

Wednesday April 22, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade nine and up

Ann Arbor's own Jeff Kass, poets from Neutral Zone's VOLUME Youth Poetry Project, and the spoken word artists Angel Nafis and Shira Erlichman present an evening of powerful poetry readings.

Jeff is an author, nationally-known poet, and teacher. He is also the Neutral Zone's creative arts director. Angel is an author and a nationally recognized dynamic youth voice. Singer, songwriter, musician, poet, and storyteller Shira Erlichman has opened for Ani DiFranco and toured her work nationally.

Tabla 101: An Introduction to the Drums of North Indian Classical Music

Saturday April 25, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up

Learn the rhythms in North Indian (or Hindustani) classical music through interactive exercises and visual media with drummer, percussionist and composer Dan Piccolo.

Demonstrations on the tabla drums will accompany group participation using hand gestures and idiomatic syllables in simple rhythmic compositions. The focus will be on the 16-beat cycle known as tintaal, the most common beat cycle in Hindustani music.

This event is cosponsored by the U-M Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments.