Chesstastic this Sunday, January 11

Black and White King

Drop in to play chess this Sunday at the Traverwood branch. Players of all ages are welcome to try their luck on the chess battlefield. Chess sets are provided but you are welcome to bring your own set.

Chesstastic | Sunday, January 11 | 1:00-4:00 PM | Traverwood Branch | All Ages

AXIS Coffeehouse is back this Friday

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What’s better at the end of your first week back to school than a chance to relax and enjoy sharing poetry, monologues, or music? Nothing when you can also sip on some cocoa, coffee, or tea. Come to speak into the mike or come to listen.

AXIS Coffeehouse | Friday, January 9 | 6:00-8:30 PM | Malletts Creek

Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story

On January 16 come to the Downtown Library at 7 pm to hear prize-winning author and historian Timothy B. Tyson talk about Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story, a carefully researched memoir of a 1970 racial murder in Oxford, N.C. The book is being made into a movie. I'm eager to hear the author speak. I'm also wanting to respectfully ask his opinion of The New Republic article about the unfortunate book Angel at the Fence: the true story of a love that survived.

Kaplan Help at AADL

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Getting ready to take the SAT or ACT? Two January sessions led by Kaplan instructors will help you prep.

Test Taking with Kaplan Experts
Wednesday, January 7 | 7-8 pm | Pittsfield Branch

Learn how to approach ACT or SAT test day with confidence. Kaplan instructors will lay out strategies and suggestions for preparing. They will also step you through some questions showing you how you can best arrive at the correct answer.

ACT Plus Writing Test Tips with Kaplan Experts
Tuesday, January 13 | 7-8 pm | Traverwood Branch

Faced with a question and just 30 minutes to think, organize, and write a short essay, it’s no wonder that the ACT Plus Writing test is one of the most feared. But fear not! Kaplan instructors will provide you a road map for getting ready to write the dynamic response in a short amount of time. This session will set you on course to a successful test experience in March.

Armenian Music - Live!

Listening to joyous live music at AADL free of charge is one of the best ways to start the new year. The Armenian Music of Grikor Mirzaian Suni (1876-1939) will be performed by his great granddaughters (violins and oud) and their mother (piano), with two singers at the Downtown Library on Friday, Jan. 2 at 7-8:30 pm. Armena Marderosian devotes much time and energy preserving and recording her father-in-law’s music, and this is a rare local performance. There’s a rich history and folk culture linked to the Music of Armenia and Grikor Suni traveled widely collecting samples of the folk idiom to inspire his melodies. Join us for this unique cultural experience.

BABY Bits - Let Them DANCE !

PlayGroup Sessions end, BUT let those Babies DANCE at TRAVERWOOD on December 28, 4:00 - 4:30 pm. Push back the coffee table; clear out the lamps; and have a dance in the Living Room to practice with:
Heel, Toe, Away We Go
Stomp, Glide, Wobble
Motown Dances
Shakin' A Tailfeather

Rubberbandance Group performs at UM


The Rubberbandance Group will grace the Power Center’s stage for three days of high power dancing the weekend of January 9th. Trained in urban and classical dance and theater, Victor Quijada, artistic director/choreographer, formed RBDG in Montreal 2002. He was later joined by Anne Plamandon and the two have been co-directing the dance company in masterful works of dance integration.

Rubberbandance is a fusion of break dance and ballet, with bits of contemporary dance, flips, and freezes all rolled into one, creating an altogether new dance form that is “remarkable and rare”. The result is a powerful mix that adds the glory & gracefulness of classical dance to the edge & competitiveness of hip-hop.

To catch a glimpse at another form of invigorating dance, check out Rize, which documents the rise of the dance style known as clowning and krumping.

January’s UM RBDG performance will feature two works:
“Elastic Perspective Redux, a suite of six dances that are audacious settings of hip-hop to classical music and Latin rhythms, and their newest work, Punto Ciego. Punto Ciego explores whether there is a loss of time and self in our “virtual” universe, answering with a contemporary dance work influenced by ballet and break, and laced with A/V feeds, street demeanor, and an ardor for violence and tenderness together.”

Power Center | 121 N. Fletcher Street | Jan. 9, 8pm | Family performance Jan. 10, 1pm |
Jan. 11, 2 pm | Additional info/ Tickets

Dancing Babies!

Full from feasting this holiday season? Work it off with Betsy Beckerman, Sara Melton Keller and all the Dancing Babies at the Traverwood Branch on Sunday, December 28th at 4:00 pm for 30 minutes of circle dances, baby bouncing and lots of fun!

Too Much Noise at Silly Storytime!

I am thrilled and honored that composer and percussionist Curtis Glatter will be joining me for the fun folktale Too Much Noise at this silly storytime for all ages on Tuesday, December 30th at 10:00 am Downtown. You can join in with sound effects and singing and find out why monkeys live in trees from Princess Gorilla and a New Kind of Water.

All Your Grand Championships Are Belong To Us

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IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN. School is almost out for the year; the 4 rounds of the SmashKart regular season are behind us, and the town is filled with slush. That means it's time for the 5th Annual AADL-GT SmashKart Grand Championships and Festival of Noobs! er, Wildcard Tournament, I meant Wildcard Tournament! It all happens this Saturday, December 20, starting at High Noon at the Downtown Library! Prizes include a Wii, an iPod touch, a DS, and a Shuffle; plus hot new AADL-GT Tshirts for all attendees! Then the season wraps up with our 2nd annual Grudge Buffet, Clan Cup Finals, and GT Awards on Monday, 12/22 at 6 PM featuring food by Salsarita's! Don't miss it, and read on for full details about these highly anticipated events

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