Classical Bells Concert

Saturday December 17, 2011: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Feel the holiday spirit at the AADL's presentation of Michigan's premier handbell ensemble, Classical Bells. Listen to the beautiful sounds of sixty-eight bronze and six aluminum English handbells in the hands of these accomplished musicians.

This group of seasoned professionals, led by musical director Darlene Ebersole, has performed in concerts nationwide and appeared as featured performers with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Michigan Opera Theater. In addition, they have performed in numerous events sponsored by the American Guild of English Handbell ringers.

Blues & Boogie-Woogie Pianist Matthew Ball

Tuesday December 20, 2011: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Blues & Boogie-Woogie pianist Matthew Ball presents a fun American Roots program for all ages! This concert includes blues and boogie arrangements of classic American songs such as Swanee River, Over the Rainbow, The Sheik of Araby, Bumble Boogie, Pinetops Boogie, Cow Cow Blues, and more. Join us for an enjoyable family-friendly event of toe-tapping fun!

Strumming in Circles

Sunday December 18, 2011: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Are you an aspiring musician who likes to pluck some chords? Head downtown for a strumming hootenanny!

Bring your guitar, banjo, uke or any other tunable acoustic strumming stick as we play along together. An AADL staff member will lead the group through simple chord progressions. This event is for novice players looking for a chance to play some music with others. For Grades 6 - Adult.

AADL Talks To: Gary Grimshaw

Gary Grimshaw is one of the most renowned and recognizable poster artists to come out of the 1960s. His most prolific period as a graphic artist was his time spent with John and Leni Sinclair in the mid-1960s and early 1970s, first in the Detroit-based Trans-Love Energies commune and then in Ann Arbor with the White Panther Party/Rainbow People's Party. In this interview we talk with the former White Panther Party Minister of Art about creating art for the Grande Ballroom and the White Panther Party, the night John Sinclair met both him and the MC5, and how he made his art then and now.

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AADL Talks To: John Sinclair (March 22, 2010)

In this interview from March 22, 2010, poet, author, and activist John Sinclair reflects on music in Ann Arbor - from the MC5, the free concerts in the parks and the Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz festival, to his specific memories of local clubs and musicians. He also talks about the influence of both the Beat generation and black music on his cultural and political awakening, the origins of the White Panther Party, and the importance of newspapers.

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AADL Talks To: Bruce Conforth

Rob talks with University of Michigan Professor of American Culture, Bruce Conforth, about the cultural and historical significance of the John Sinclair Freedom Rally, in particular John Lennon's decision to appear at the Rally and the role Ann Arbor played in the 1960s.

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Freeing John Sinclair Concert with Commander Cody Band and John Sinclair

December 10, 2011, marks the 40th anniversary of the John Sinclair Freedom Rally at Crisler Arena, held to protest the ten-year prison term given John Sinclair for the possession of two marijuana cigarettes (he was released soon after the Rally). On the evening before the anniversary, we'll celebrate the launch of our Freeing John Sinclair website (coming December 9!) with a FREE concert at The Ark featuring the Commander Cody Band (Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen played at the original Rally), with special guest John Sinclair & Beatnik Youth.

Admission is FREE, and first-come, first-served, so get there early!

Friday, December 9, 2011 | 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:30) | The Ark | Ann Arbor

Musician Aaron Dworkin, Founder & President Of The Sphinx Organization, Discusses His Memoir

Tuesday December 13, 2011: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

AADL is extremely proud to host violinist, arts educator, and President of the Detroit-based Sphinx Organization, Aaron Dworkin, as he discusses his long-awaited inspirational memoir "Uncommon Rhythm: A Black, White, Jewish, Jehovah's Witness, Irish Catholic Adoptee's Journey to Leadership." The book is a harrowing yet moving account of Aaron's personal journey through social isolation and discrimination to found one of the nation's cultural jewels, the Sphinx Organization. Books will be on sale at the event and the evening will include a book signing.

"Uncommon Rhythm" is a tapestry of stirring narrative, precious photos and poignant poems. A MacArthur Fellow, Aaron is driven by the single vision of inclusion for all, and hopes that this book will inspire all people who have ever felt like outsiders to nurture their own gifts and make valuable contributions to society.

An author, social entrepreneur, artist-citizen and an avid youth education advocate, Dworkin has received extensive national recognition for his vast accomplishments.

Yellow Room Gang Concert

Wednesday December 7, 2011: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Join us for this special evening of music with the celebrated Yellow Room Gang.

In December of 2005, eight Michigan songwriters gathered in the brilliantly yellow living room of David Tamulevich's Ann Arbor home for the first time. They've been meeting monthly ever since, to share dinner, conversation and the newest songs they have in the process for critique. Each an accomplished songwriter and performer in their own right, they create a unique atmosphere of respect and support, friendship and generosity finding new and unexpected ways to explore beyond their previous personal boundaries.

It wasn't long before they began performing together and presenting workshops in various configurations. What began as a casual excuse to get together with friends has evolved into one of the most exciting 'super groups' to ever join forces on one stage. Do not miss this musical evening with the Yellow Room Gang!

Fats Waller - Ain't Misbehavin' Lecture With Musical Interludes At The Performance Network Theatre

Monday December 5, 2011: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Join us for a delightful evening that gets to the roots of the famous musical Ain't Misbehavin'. This event will be held at the Performance Network Theater and will feature a lecture by pianist, recording artist and jazz connoisseur - Professor James Dapogny.

Professor Dapogny will discuss early 20th century jazz composer, Thomas "Fats" Waller, whose influential music comprises the 1978 Tony Award-winning musical Ain't Misbehavin' (now playing at The Performance Network Theatre).

The evening will feature performance examples of Fats Waller's innovative music. As a special treat - there will be an afterglow following this event at The Ravens Club, located at 207 South Main St. in Ann Arbor. All are welcome to attend.

The Performance Network Theatre is located at 120 East Huron St in Ann Arbor. There is no charge for this lecture, however there is limited seating - so please arrive early.

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