Purple Rose in the Spotlight

Thorton Wilder’s acclaimed play Our Town is being staged by Purple Rose Theater Company through May 29. Don’t miss this critically praised production. On Tuesday (today), come see Purple Rose Playwrights Discuss The Playwriting Process And Read From Their New Plays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Downtown Library.

Author Louis Sachar @ Nicola’s Books

The much loved author Louis Sachar will be in Ann Arbor on Friday, May 14 promoting his new young adult novel, The Cardturner. Sachar has written many youth books, including the Newbery Award winning Holes, the Marvin Redpost series, and the Wayside School series. He will be doing a discussion, Q & A, and book signing. There are “rules” to the signing, check here for details before you head out. The event takes place at Nicola’s Books at 7pm.
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Ann Arbor Art Center

winefestwinefest How many other cities can boast a 100-year-old local arts organization? I don't have an answer, but I do know that Ann Arbor is pretty lucky. The Ann Arbor Art Center celebrates its centennial this year; join in the celebration by attending one of the many upcoming art exhibits or WineFest, coming up May 6-8.

New Wheelchair Seating in Michigan Stadium

Michigan Stadium is now selling seats for the 2010 football season in its new wheelchair accessible sections on the east and west sides of the stadium. For detailed information and an order form for the wheelchair seating please call Patricia Goetz at the Michigan Athletic Ticket Office at 734-764-8942 or toll free 866-296-8942.

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Movie @ The Michigan Theater

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Movie will be showing at the Michigan Theater on Sunday, April 25 at 1:30. Part of the Benard L. Maas Family Friendly Film Series, and sponsored by The Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan, this event is FREE for kids 12 and under! See it on the big screen with a bucket of popcorn for a Sunday out on the town.

In this Depression-era drama based on the beloved American Girls book series, Kitt tries to solve a home robbery. The all-star cast also includes Abigail Breslin as Kitt, as well as Chris O'Donnell, Joan Cusack, Stanley Tucci, and Jane Krakowski.

If you choose to instead stay home in your PJs on Sunday, it's also available at AADL on DVD and Blu-ray.

Great Lakes, Great Times Reading Series

Great Lakes, Great Times is a monthly reading series that, according to the host, “showcases the best established and up-and-coming writers working today.” The April reading will take place at 826Michigan, and will feature readings from authors Deb Olin Unferth, Jeff Parker, and Kendra Grant Malone.

Check here to see which authors are up next in the series. So many authors are visiting, and these events have been filling the house!

The monthly event is geared towards adults, admission is FREE, and anyone is welcome. It's all happening Saturday, April 24, 7pm at 826michgan/ The Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair Shop at 115 East Liberty.
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Treasures of MLibrary

Three extremely cool reasons to visit the Treasures of the Library Exhibit in the Audubon Room of U-M Harlan Hatcher Library: a 2250-year-old papyrus document from ancient Philadelphia, reporting the loss of a donkey; a 400-year-old manuscript by Galileo, in which he explains the usefulness of the telescope; and the first book purchased by the U-M Board of Regents, "The Birds of America," published in 1838, with original drawings by John James Audubon. Awesome! The exhibit is free and open to the public through May 23, Mon-Fri 8:30am-7pm, Sat 10am-6pm, and Sun 1-7pm. Use the Diag entrance.

Ann Arbor Area Earth Day Festival

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The Ann Arbor District Library will be at the Ann Arbor Area Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 25th from noon to 4 p.m. at Washtenaw Community College - Morris Lawrence Building. Visit our booth to make a greeting card using recycled materials.

Check out these great library materials about Earth Day:
Stories To Go: Our Earth
Celebrating Earth Day: A Sourcebook Of Activities And Experiments
The Man From Clear Lake : Earth Day Founder Senator Gaylord Nelson
Every Day is Earth Day

Free e-Waste Recycling

Do you have an computer, monitor, or other type of e-Waste that you want to get rid of but don't know how to? The Office of Campus Sustainability along with Ann Arbor Public Schools are sponsoring a free event to recycle unwanted electronics in a responsible, earth friendly way. This event is a part of U-M's month long celebration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. On Saturday, April 24 between 9am and 2pm you can bring any unwanted computer systems, A/V equipment, hand held devices, and other types of e-Waste to Pioneer High School for safe and environmentally conscious recycling. e-Waste is the fastest growing waste stream and distributes hazardous chemicals into the environment. By recycling your e-Waste in this way, you will be protecting the environment, conserving natural resources, acting responsibly, and providing raw materials for more products to be made.

There is also an institutional e-Waste event on Thursday April 22 and Friday April 23 between 9am and 2pm at Washtenaw Intermediate School District. Registration is required for this event.

For more information on this event and how to spread the word, visit their website.recyclerecycle

Exploring Contemporary Disabilitiy Studies

This Friday, April 16, 4-6 pm, Vandenberg Room at the Michigan League, a panel with Anna Kirkland (Women’s Studies), Tobin Siebers (English) and Petra Kuppers (English, Women’s Studies, Dance) will discuss autism, pain and the arts from a disability perspective. This event is sponsored by the University of Michigan Initiative on Disability Studies, which “views people with disabilities not as objects but as producers of knowledge whose common history has generated a wide variety of art, music, literature, and science infused with the experience of disability.”

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