Jimmie Dale Gilmore Comes to The Ark

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Grammy nominated Jimmie Dale Gilmore brings his country-folk bliss to The Ark in Ann Arbor on Monday, October 13 at 8pm. Rolling Stone calls him “The poet laureate of the Buddhist cowboys.” His musical influences range from Texans such as Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly to acts such as The Beatles and Bob Dylan to an array of folk artists. His most recent album, Come On Back, is what he calls “a compilation of recordings of some old songs that my dad loved. I love them too, and it is a project very dear to me.” Texas based Gilmore is not only a singer and songwriter, he is also a record producer and actor. (Including a brief role in The Big Lebowski.) Check out The Ark’s website for more details and ticket information.

Drama! Jealousy & Ugly Betty Stylings! Telenovela Writing Workshop!

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Saturday, October 11 & Saturday, October 18 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM @ the Malletts Creek Branch. For TEENS in grades 6-12.

Teens: do you have a flair for the dramatic? Do you love stories filled with greed, jealousy and deception? Entonces, the telenovela style of entertainment is just for you! The popular show, Ugly Betty is based on a Colombian telenovela called "Betty la Fea." In these two writing workshops we will write our own telenovela and film it. Si hablas Espanol, fantastico! If you know a little Spanish, that's great - if you don't know any, that's ok too. We'll write in both English and Spanish. Complimentary lunch will be served. Attendance at both workshops is encouraged, but your must register separately for each. Registration is required - call 327-8301, or visit any information desk.

AXIS Coffeehouse this Friday!

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Join us this Friday, October 11 and take the stage at the AXIS Coffeehouse. Perform your own poetry or monologue, or maybe a favorite by someone else. If you prefer to watch, just sit back, sip on a hot drink, and enjoy the performances. Earn extra credit and fine forgiveness coupons!

Fridays, October 3-November 7 | 6:30-8:00 PM | Malletts Creek | Grades 6-12

What's Cookin' ?

Yummy stories about apple pie and carrot soup will make you hungry at the Downtown Tuesday preschool storytime this week .

Let's play a game...

The Ann Arbor Go Club meets every Sunday and Thursday at Espresso Royale, 322 S. State. All skill levels are welcome to play one of the world's most difficult board games. You don't need a partner and boards and stones are provided. Need a primer or tips? Check out our collection of books on the game.

Achewood Creator Chris Onstad coming to AADL 11/3!

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AADL, Dark Horse Comics, and Vault of Midnight are thrilled to announce a very special evening with the enigmatic but extremely affable Chris Onstad, creator of the epically vivid masterwork Achewood. Achewood is not for delicate sensibilities and definitely not for kids; it's a webcomic that's ostensibly about two cats in their thirties, one blessed by alternating showers of dumb luck and marketing savvy, and the other cripplingly neurotic but capable of genius. Plus, a cast of supporting characters wider and deeper than a Wes Anderson fever dream. Achewood was one of the first webcomics to push the boundaries of the form and raise the writing bar so high that few other strips even know that there's a bar up there. Can you tell I'm a fan? Onstad's new book, The Great Outdoor Fight, spanning one of the favorite story arcs of Achewood fans, is on order at AADL and available for request. As part of the GOF tour, AADL is bringing Chris to town on Monday night, November 3 at 7 PM, for a Q&A at the Downtown Library followed by a signing at the Vault. More details to come!

UPDATE: Check out our Comcast Spot (20mb .mov) for this event, featuring music, by the inimitable MC Frontalot, who we're also trying to book for a show at AADL. Stay tuned!

Film & Discussion: KING CORN

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Recent college graduates Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis leave the east coast for rural Iowa, where they decide to grow an acre of the nation's most powerful crop. They find that America's most subsidized crop has become the staple of its cheapest - and most troubling - foods. Watch the film and join the post-discussion led by UM Community Scholars. Cosponsored by Michigan Television and University of Michigan Community Scholars Program.

Check here for background to the making of the film or get the scoop on taking the eating challenge. Can you go a month without eating corn? Probably not. Thursday, September 25 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm Downtown Library 4th Floor Meeting Room

Booksigning and Discussion

If you missed her in March, here's your chance to meet with Cassandra Carter! This Friday September 26th, author Cassandra Carter will be at Borders to sign and discuss her latest book. Miss Carter is known for her coming of age novels about America's teens which she writes about in her own unique and youthful style. Her latest book, 16 Isn't Always Sweet, is about a teenage girl, Jordan, dealing with sudden popularity after being in the hottest rapper's music video, and the fall out of her friendship to Adrienne, her best friend, whose jealousy is ruining Jordan's life. The signing and discussion will take place at 7:00 pm at the Arborland Mall Borders.

Book Talk at Crazy Wisdom

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Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, on Main St. in Ann Arbor, holds a monthly book discussion on a different book each month. The October 10th discussion starts at 7pm and will feature Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama. If you’re reading the book, or plan to, this event is open to the public and requires no registration.

Bonsai Auction - Wednesday, Sept 24 - 7:00 PM

The Ann Arbor Bonsai Society will be holding a auction at the U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Items featured will include bonsai equipment, trees, and pots provided by club members. Once you have your bonsai, be sure to check-out the wide selection of books on growing bonsai here at the library.

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