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.

"Rock and Revolution" Exhibit Opening This Friday!

Friday, December 2, 2011: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. -- Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

Join us this Friday evening for the opening of Rock and Revolution a Downtown Library exhibit featuring the works of celebrated poster artist Gary Grimshaw and photo journalists Leni Sinclair and David Fenton, plus documents on loan from the John and Leni Sinclair Papers at the Bentley Historical Library.

Michael Erlewine, founder of the All-Music Guide and ClassicPosters.com, will present a brief talk on Michigan Rock Concert Posters from the 1960s & 1970s. Light refreshments will be served. Leni Sinclair and Gary Grimshaw will be in attendance and some of their work will be available for purchase. We'll also have several drawings for free posters signed by Gary Grimshaw!

This exhibit and opening are part of the Library's Freeing John Sinclair series of events to mark the 40th anniversary of the John Sinclair Freedom Rally and our upcoming freeingjohnsinclair.org website (premiering December 9). The exhibit will be on display in the Library's Lower Level Multi-Purpose Room, the Lower Level Glass Cases and the Third Floor Display Area from December 2 - January 15.

White Christmas Sing-a-Long

Do you like old movies? Do you sing along with musicals in your living room? Well, if you have been bitten by the holiday spirit bug, and answered “yes” to the previous two questions, then the Michigan Theater has the event for you! On Sunday, November 27th, at 4:00 p.m., the Michigan Theater will have the event, “Irving Berlin’s Sing-a-Long White Christmas.” Yes, you can sing along with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen in the pernially popular 1954 musical, “White Christmas,” with music by Irving Berlin. Lyrics will be provided on the big screen, and good bags will be provided too! If you were wondering what to do after the turkey and Black Friday shopping madness, you have found your answer.

Cost is $15 for adults
$12 for children, students (with i.d.), seniors, and U.S. veterans
$10 for Michigan Theater Members

The Detroit Tenors

Monday November 28, 2011: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

The latest sounds blowing in from Detroit are from the Detroit Tenors, led by tenor saxophonists Carl Cafagna and Steve Wood. Hear them live at the Library!

The band is a tribute to the great tenor sax pairings of the '40s and '50s such as Gene Ammons/Sonny Stitt, Dexter Gordon/Wardell Gray, Johnny Griffin/Lockjaw Davis, and Al Cohn/ZootSims. The Detroit Tenors also take this tradition into the modern era with arrangements from the "tenor-centric" bands of Elvin Jones, and compositions by such contemporary players as George Coleman and George Garzone.

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