AADL Talks to Steven Ball

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In this episode, we talk with Ann Arbor's "village bell ringer," Steven Ball, about the history of the carillon in civic life and his experience writing and performing accompaniment to silent film. Steven also chronicles his journey as a carillonneur and organist, and his unique role in the restoration of two of Ann Arbor's rare and beautiful public instruments--the University of Michigan's Charles Baird Carillon and the Michigan Theater's Barton Pipe Organ.

On Tuesday, June 28, the Ann Arbor District Library and the Michigan Theater are pleased to present the WORLD PREMIERE of "Back Page: A Super Colossal Production," a silent film made in 1936 by Ann Arbor News staff and recently unearthed from the archives of the Ann Arbor News. This event, which is free, will also include a second short film from 1936 titled, "The Casting of the Baird Carillon." Steven will accompany both on the Barton organ following a brief talk at 4:30 p.m. And don't miss Steven's performance on the Baird Carillon that evening when he provides live accompaniment to the Top of the Park screening of "The Phantom of the Opera" (1927).

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2011 Nichols Arboretum Peony Festival

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It's almost time to stop and smell the peonies at the Arboretum! The Peony Gardens will be in bloom during this year's Peony festival June 4th to June 12th, and there's lots to see and do. Peonies will be available for sale on June 4th and 5th, with proceeds benefiting the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum. There will be live music Saturday June 4th from 11 to 1pm, and guided lunchtime tours at noon June 4th through June 10th. Click here for the official event listing, where you can learn about the festival's Peony Photo Contest, more about the Peony Garden, hours and directions for the Arboretum, and more! Want to start your own flower garden? Check out the AADL's flower gardening resources!

Glee at the Library!

After last week's Glee episode featuring Fleetwood Mac, their album Rumours shot to number four on our “hot CDs” list. If you’re getting impatient waiting in line, never fear! We have a host of other great Glee related items, including DVDs from Season 1, CDs and even books.

Be sure to get in line now for the new album from The Warblers, featuring University of Michigan graduate Darren Criss as Kurt’s dreamy boyfriend Blaine. Our copies should be in soon!

Want to hear other music featured on Glee? Try the original Rocky Horror Picture Show or the great popstar and frenemy of Brittany S. Pierce, Britney Spears. Our exclusive inside source (cough Wikipedia cough) tells us that Abba, Otis Redding and Amy Winehouse will be featured in upcoming episodes. And as for Rebecca Black? You’re on your own.

Award Winning Journalist Eugene Robinson to Speak at U of M

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Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Eugene Robinson will be speaking Friday, April 29th from 1:00 to 2:30pm at the Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery Room. A former U of M student, Robinson was the first African American co-editor-in-chief of the Michigan Daily. He has since written for the San Francisco Chronicle and later the Washington Post as both foreign correspondent and foreign editor. Robinson was honored with a Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for Commentary for his work and insight on political and social movement. He currently appears on MSNBC as a Political Analyst. Sponsored by the University of Michigan's Center for Afroamerican & African Studies and The Michigan Daily, the event is free and open to the public. For the University's listing of the event, click here. For books by Eugene Robinson held by the AADL, click here.

Storytime! At the UMMA?!

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On Saturday, March 26th and again on Saturday, April 16th, children ages 4-7 are invited to hear a story at the University of Michigan Museum of Art! Student guides from the University will read stories related to the art in the gallery, with kids welcome to participate and respond! Storytimes start at 11am. Parents must accompany children, and older siblings may accompany the group. Meet at the museum information desk! For the UMMA event listing and contact information, click here.

U-M Taubman College Presents "The Future of History"

A conference organized by the U-M Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning is coming up April 1-2 in Rackham Amphitheater, 915 E. Washington St. "The Future of History" will bring together theorists, designers, practitioners and historians to discuss how architecture has played a role in history, and also how history interprets architecture. The gathering begins April 1 at 4:30 pm, with doors open at 4:15 pm. On April 2, doors open at 8 am. Presentations and hosted conversations are free and public.

Film & Discussion: Brick by Brick: A Civil Rights Story

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Brick by Brick is a one-hour, 2007 documentary. It follows three families in Yonkers, New York, in the middle of a confrontation about the politics and law of racial discrimination in housing and schools that challenges and changes their hometown.

Brick by Brick describes how a ghetto was created through public policies. The primary storytellers are local people from different backgrounds, who relate their personal encounters with housing and educational discrimination, as well as others who experience very different opportunities across town.

The film, which is not rated, is co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Community Scholars Program, who will lead a post-film discussion.
Thursday, March 24, from 6:30-8:30 pm (Grades 9 - Adult) at the Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Author Lois Lowry Lecturing at Rackham Auditorium

Noted children's author Lois Lowry will be lecturing at U of M's Rackham Auditorium on March 31st, 2011 from 4 to 5pm! Lowry's work includes the Newberry Award winning novels "Number The Stars" (1990) and "The Giver" (1994). Her work is well known for addressing challenging topics such as the Holocaust, racism, and death. A booksale will be held before and after the lecture. Seating is free and open to the public, but will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. For the University of Michigan event listing, click here.

To browse the AADL's collection of material by Lois Lowry, click here!

White Nights: Art that Inspired Literature

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The work of artists Walter Martin and Paloma Munoz is spotlighted in the exhibit "White Nights" running through March 16. Hosted by the U-M Institute for the Humanities, the exhibit displays "three-dimensional, magical scenes of alienation, beauty, and dark humor, both photographed and set inside snow globes." The reception is March 16 from 5-7 pm, with a reading by Jonathan Lethem of his story "The Traveler Home," inspired by the works of the artists.

"Lastingness: The Art of Old Age"

Authors Nicholas Delbanco and Keith Taylor will discuss their book "Lastingness: The Art of Old Age" at the University of Michigan's Hatcher Graduate Library on March 9th, 5:00-7:00pm as part of the University's ongoing Author's Forum.

Library Journal's 2010 review of "Lastingness" describes the book as a "study of geniuses-as they aged-in the fields of literature, music, and the visual arts. Delbanco focuses on the fascinating question of why some people's creative talents flourish with age, while others' fade. He explores and explains our general societal conflict about our elders and the question of when to expect them to step aside. His profiles include Claude Monet, Giuseppe Verdi, W.B. Yeats, and Alice Neal, among others, all of whom lived until 70 or older and remained productive."

Nicholas Delbanco is a Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan. Keith Taylor is a writer and poet and coordinates the undergraduate creative writing program at U of M. The discussion is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a book sale and signing. The event will take place in the Gallery in Room 100 at the Hatcher Graduate Library.

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