Student Songwriter Series: The Ark at UMMA

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The Series kicked off earlier last week with a performance at UMMA by local musician Timothy Monger, of Great Lakes Myth Society fame. There will be future performances from artists in the Series on Friday October 16, at 7pm and November 13, at 7pm at UMMA.

What is this all about? The Ark asks student songwriters at U of M “to submit their original music demo in order to compete for a live performance showcase at the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) and a chance to perform at The Ark.”

There will be a final performance on Friday, December 4 from 7-9pm that will feature all the performers from the October and November shows. They will be performing in-the-round, and the winners of series will be announced.

Demos are due by September 30 for the October show, and October 27 for the November show. Please see The Ark’s website or the flyer for important information regarding all submission guidelines if you plan on entering. If not, see you at UMMA for the performances!

Derby Girl Becomes Whip It!

It's an exciting time in Michigan with all the movies being filmed here and Whip It, in theaters on Friday, October 2 is the latest flick to hit theaters. Marking Drew Barrymore's directorial debut, Whip It, is based on the teen novel Derby Girl by Shauna Cross. Derby Girl is about sixteen-year-old rebel Bliss Cavendar, who is miserable living in a small Texas town with her beauty pageant-obsessed mother so she secretly joins a roller derby team under the name "Babe Ruthless," her life gets better, although infinitely more confusing. Ellen Page of Juno fame stars as Bliss and early buzz is good!

Whip It also stars several members of the local Detroit Derby Girls and to celebrate the release we'll be hosting an evening with them to talk about Roller Derby and their experiences on set on Thursday, October 1, 7:00-8:30 at the Downtown Library.

It is Tree Time!

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It is that time of year again, when students are studying trees and learning to identify leaves. On Saturday, September 26, 2:00-3:30pm, join the staff of the Leslie Science and Nature Center at the Traverwood Branch for hands-on activities and discover how to use a scientific key to identify trees. Weather permitting, we will take a leafy walk through the nearby Stapp Nature Area directly following the program. Program is designed for students grades k-3. Join us and learn more about the trees all around you?

Fifth Avenue Fun!

A sweet, patient doggie and a tough, enormous Vingananee are the furry figures that star at the Tuesday 10 am and Wednesday 11 am storytimes at the Downtown Library next week.

Dancing Babies coming to Pittsfield

Pack up the Daddies and bring all the Babies to Pittsfield Branch this Sunday for Dancing Babies with Dianne Dudley. This will be an active music program for families with children under 5 years old.
Put on your dancing shoes ... Sunday, September 27 @ Pittsfield Branch from 1:00 to 1:40 pm.

Bilal's Stand

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On Thursday, September 24, 2009 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, AADL presents the film Bilal's Stand at the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room. This film focuses on the life of a Detroit high-school senior, Bilal, and his family's long-owned taxi stand - the source of all activity and income for the family for the last sixty years. Does Bilal take a chance at college or continue with his family business? After secretly submitting a college application and taking up ice carving in order to win a scholarship, he is forced to decide. This film is based on the true story of writer/director Sultan Sharrief, who will lead a discussion of the film with producer & UM Professor Terri Sarris. This event is co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Community Scholars Program.

Books and Libraries in Antiquity

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What did the ancient books of the Greeks and Romans look like? What were the bestsellers of the ancient world, and who read them?

These questions, and more, will be answered on Wednesday, September 30, when UM Associate Professor Arthur Verhoogt will discuss Books And Libraries In Antiquity, a fascinating presentation which introduces the books of the Greeks and Romans .

The presentation -- which will take place from 7-8:30 in the multi-purpose room of the downtown library -- will also provide information on the book trade, book collectors, exciting new book discoveries, and some famous libraries from antiquity.

Chinese Moon Festival

One of the most important traditional Chinese festivals is the Chinese Moon Festival, also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival which is held this year on October 3. Come join us downtown Sunday September 27 at 1:30 for this special celebration with The Golden Years Dance Troupe - a group of Chinese elders who live in Ann Arbor. The troupe will perform traditional Chinese dances, singing, tai chi and more! Plus there will be a special treat at the end of the performance! For more books on the subject: Harvest Festivals Around the World and Asian Holidays.

Favorite children’s author to visit Ann Arbor

Michigan native Jon Scieszka will be reading and signing copies of his brand new book Robot Zot, on Tuesday, September 22 at 6pm, at the Borders located at 3140 Lohr Road in Ann Arbor. See here for Borders’ event description.

Robot Zot, illustrated by David Shannon, is in short, “a tale of a quixotic robot determined to conquer the earth.” Tiny Robot Zot battles kitchen appliances galore as he and his sidekick adventure off. Their course takes a shift when they spot the princess (a cell phone) and Robot Zot must prove himself a hero to win her love. Sounds zany!

Jump Roping Blast with Special Guests, St. Francis Heartbeats

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Bring your ropes, your rhymes and have a jumpin' good time! We've got double-dutch, Chinese, and standard jump ropes. Special guests, the St. Francis Heartbeats, will demo their skills. If it rains, we'll jump inside. Check out Red Hot Peppers a book of jump rope games and rhymes, or the soundtrack from Jump In!

Wednesday, September 23 | 4:30-6:00 PM | Malletts Creek, Parking Lot | Grades 4-12

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