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.

Nerd Nite Ann Arbor presented by AADL at LIVE 102 S First St.

Thursday April 23, 2015: 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm -- LIVE (102 S 1st Street)

This event is intended for adults
This event will be recorded

For the last year and a half, crowds have gathered each month in the early evening - in bars and venues around Ann Arbor. Around 7pm, it begins: three boisterous speakers geek out up front. What is this? Some secret club?

Nope! It's Nerd Nite Ann Arbor! And it's open to anyone and everyone who loves to learn or share what they love.

For the uninitiated, Nerd Nite (NN) has been described as “...like the Discovery Channel™…with beer!” Sounds fun, right? It is! NN is held monthly in 70+ cities, giving several folks the opportunity to give 18-21minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines. Imagine learning about everything from the science of the Simpsons to the genealogy of Godzilla. Fun stuff!

Doors open at 6:30, and speakers start at 7pm.

So show up, have a drink, meet other nerds, and learn a bunch of awesome new junk!

Want to see past topics and a little more info? Check NNA2's site.

AADL is sponsoring this month's event, so there will be NO COVER!

Mark your calendars and spread the word! Any and all nerds (and non-nerds!) who love learning and having a great time are welcome to join us!

Local Historian Dale Leslie Discusses Where Notables Lived in A2

Tuesday April 28, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Where Notables Lived in A2 is a fascinating photo-lecture where Dale Leslie shares the residences and backgrounds of several well-known writers and poets who lived in Ann Arbor.

Dale R. Leslie is a life-long Ann Arbor resident, former local businessman and U-M alumnus who recalls his mother telling him, "Famous people like visiting Ann Arbor because they can blend with the town's citizens without being noticed."

And Dale adds, "Yes, and some chose to reside here for an extended period."

Included in his talk are:
Harriet Arnow, author of The Dollmaker (lived on a farm on Nixon Road);
W.H. Auden, one of the great poets of the 20th Century (lived at 504 Brooklyn);
Joseph Brodsky, Nobel prize-winning Russian poet and essayist (lived on 308 Wesley);
Robert Frost, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet (lived on 1223 Pontiac Trail);
Robert Hayden, the first U.S. Congress African American Poet Laureate (lived at 1201 Gardner);
Arthur Miller, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright (lived at 411 N. State);
Betty Smith, author of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (lived on 1314 Broadway).

Dale will also share interesting facts about each of their careers and lives.