The Detroit Observatory and the Victorian Space Race

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How did the Detroit Observatory come to be? And why is it located in Ann Arbor and not Detroit? On Sunday, March 29, 2 to 3:30pm at the Pittsfield Branch, Karen Wright, Program Coordinator for the University of Michigan Detroit Observatory will discuss how the observatory was the centerpiece of President Henry Philip Tappan's efforts to transform the University of Michigan into one of the first research universities in the United States.

Everyone Has To Eat

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Everyone Has To Eat is one of many Open Space Technology (OST) events happening on the UM Campus this week. Local Food Summit members are eager to continue discussing local food matters in Washtenaw County. Everyone Has to Eat "is for anyone interested in discussing a wide range of topics related to local food production, consumption, preservation, sustainability, and justice.” The agenda for the meeting will be set by those participating. Bring ideas, questions, techniques, strategies, and answers. Bring your ears, wisdom, heart and mind for this important dialog.

Tuesday, March 24 | 6:30-10pm | 1024 Dana Bldg School of Natural Resources & Environment UM Central Campus

This weekend, try comic opera

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Check out Albert Herring, which opens today at Mendelssohn Theatre. The music in this three-act comic chamber opera is by Benjamin Britten, one of England’s best known composers. The libretto is by Eric Crozier. The U-M production was wittily previewed last month by the director, U-M Professor Robert Swedberg, in an appearance at our Pittsfield branch.. Read a preview of the show at Mlive.

Martian Water

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This photo shows something that beads up like water on the supporting leg of the Phoenix Mars Lander. The University of Michigan Astronomy and Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences professor Dr. Nilton Renno is a co-investigator on the Phoenix Mission. Dr. Renno et al. submitted "Physical and Thermodynamical Evidence for Liquid Water on Mars" to the Journal of Geophysical Research.

Read more about the bat space program.

Other related materials:
Mars : a warmer, wetter planet
Roving Mars DVD
Aqua. (Teen Graphic Novel) Vol. 1

Happy Birthday, Mrs. Betty Ford!

Next month former First Lady Betty Ford will turn 91, and to help us all anticipate that, her former assistant press secretary will appear at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library at the University of Michigan. Patti Matson will talk about “Betty Ford: Strength in a Package Marked Fragile” on March 31 (Tuesday), at 7:30 p.m. Mrs. Ford is the founder of the Betty Ford Center for substance abuse and addiction and a Congressional Gold Medal recipient. You can see wonderful images of her life in our AP Images database.

Literary rock star coming to U-M

Reginald Gibbons is coming to the University of Michigan in the Zell Visiting Writers Series. Catch him Monday, March 9, at his poetry reading at 5 p.m. in Rackham Amphitheater, 915 E. Washington St., or on Thursday, March 12, at a lecture at 5 p.m., again in Rackham Amphitheater. Gibbons' lecture is "Five Ideas About Writing: Traumas of Revision; Aftermath; Unconscious Deliberateness; Earlier is Other; Self Within Self." To read about Gibbons' life and work, click on our database Literature Resource Center.

University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center

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We are lucky to have the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center nearby. Folks travel from all over the country to take advantage of the UMCCC clinical trials.

The cancer center treats body and mind through activities such as guided imagery, art and music therapy. Harpists or pianists often perform in the waiting rooms as part of the Gifts of Art program. Patients enjoy a weaving loom, a library, a kitchen stocked with coffee and snacks, a fish tank, valet parking, 50 cent parking (must be validated in the cancer center), and a friendly, helpful staff. Cancer patients and their families can stay in touch with the latest news with Thrive, the UMCCC newsletter.

Recent materials on cancer at the library: Apples & oranges : my brother and me, lost and found and Anticancer : a new way of life

Looking to get out of the cold?

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Don’t forget about the University of Michigan Exhibit Museum of Natural History! The Museum offers a host of programs and exhibits that both adults and kids can enjoy. Look into the Winter Family Reading and Science program where the Museum offers a coordinated series of topical hands-on workshops, family reading programs, and a Discovery Day designed to facilitate science learning within families. Free public tours of the dinosaur exhibits are available on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 pm for the first 15 people to sign up. And so much more! And as an added bonus, be sure to check out a Museum Adventure Pass for a 10% discount in the Museum Store!dinosaurdinosaur

Rubberbandance Group performs at UM

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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

Day With(out) Art

On Monday, December 1, 5 p.m. at the Hussey Room, Michigan League (911 N. University), renowned poet, memoirist, biographer and playwright Honor Moore will present a reading as part of the 2008 Day With(out) Art observance. Her most recent work The Bishop's Daughter: a memoir discusses her father, an Episcopal priest and civil rights activist who struggled with his sexuality. Moore teaches in the graduate writing programs at the New School and Columbia University School of the Arts.

Since 1989, Day With(out) Art is observed as a national day of recognition and mourning in response to the AIDS crisis. Today some 8000 organizations annually come together to acknowledge the devastating toll that HIV and AIDS have taken on the worldwide creative and performing arts communities.

As a museum devoted to fostering and presenting creative expression and to preserving culture memory, University of Michigan Museum of Art has long been committed to participation in this day of remembrance. The event is free and open to the public.

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