At Performance Network: The Drowsy Chaperone

Performance Network will stage The Drowsy Chaperone Nov. 11 – Dec. 26. Music and lyrics are by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison. Thursday (Nov. 11) is “Pay-What-You-Can,” with a suggested donation of $10. The show -- which pays tribute to American musicals of the Jazz Age -- debuted in 1998 in Toronto and opened on Broadway in 2006. It was given the Tony Award for best book and best score.

'Life Is So Good' Chosen For Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2011

Life Is So Good: Life is so goodLife Is So Good: Life is so goodA selection team composed of community members has chosen Life Is So Good by George Dawson and Richard Glaubman as the selection for the 2011 Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Reads, which will take place in January & February of 2011. The book is the story of George Dawson, who learned to read at age 98.

The theme of this year’s read is What Makes Life Worth Living. There will be an author event with Richard Glaubman (George Dawson passed away in 2001) at Washtenaw Community College in late January. More details about that event will be available in the near future. The other titles under consideration were The Undertaking: Life Studies From The Dismal Trade by Thomas Lynch and Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks.

Hairspray: Don't Miss It!

Pioneer High School Theater Guild is staging Hairspray starting Nov. 6, based on the book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, with music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman. All performances are in Schreiber Auditorium at the school. Show times and ticket prices are here.

AADL Productions Podcast: Michael Erlewine

Michael ErlewineMichael Erlewine

Michael Erlewine, author, archivist, and founder of the All Music Guide recently spoke at the Library about his new book with photographer Stanley Livingston, Blues in Black & White: The Landmark Ann Arbor Blues Festivals. In this interview prior to the public talk, Ann Arbor's old music clubs and coffee shops come alive as Michael takes us on a personal journey of the Ann Arbor music scene circa 1962-1972. He covers a range of musical topics, including the early folk era, when he hitch-hiked with Bob Dylan; the influence of pre-hippie culture on Iggy Pop; the influence of John Sinclair on Ann Arbor culture; and his personal passion for Chicago city blues, which led to the Ann Arbor blues festivals and inspired the formation of his band, The Prime Movers Blues Band, shown below playing at the Schwabin Inn.

You can listen to the interview below. You can also view Michael's public talk at the Library.

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Learn About Bipolar Disorder at Ann Arbor Senior Center

On Tues., Nov. 9, 7-8:30 pm, the City of Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Department is offering an interactive program about bipolar disorder, addictions and other mental illnesses. The facilitator will be Jacqueline Castine who is a community education specialist for the Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority and the author of I Wish I Could Fix It, But . . . Phoenix Publishers, 2005. The program is free and will take place at the Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Avenue (near Packard and Stadium) . Ms. Castine’s books will be available for sale and signing following the program. To register call Pamela at 734-794-6250. For more information call J. Castine 248-975-9684.

Incarceration: Helping Prisoners Survive

Are we incarcerating too many people? How are we actually treating them? These are a few of the many tough questions surrounding American prisons. U-M faculty member Buzz Alexander has a new book, "Is William Martinez Not Our Brother?: Twenty Years of the Prison Creative Arts Project," in which he describes U-M's Prison Creative Arts Project. The project provides university courses, a nonprofit organization, and a national network for incarcerated youth and adults in Michigan juvenile facilities and prisons. Alexander will speak about his book Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. in U-M Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, followed by a book sale and signing.

More Halloween Fun!

ghostghostIf by the time Sunday rolls along you still haven't had your fill of Halloween festivities, you might visit the UM Exhibit Museum of Natural History. On Sunday, October 31, the Exhibit Museum's Family Halloween Party combines tricks and treats with learning. Attendees will venture through the museum to special stations and experience hands-on activities. This year there will even be live animals. This event is free and suitable for all ages, from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Find a map to the museum here. For more information, call 734-764-0480 or email

Halloween Night: The Turn of the Screw

Looking for a good ghost story for Sunday evening? Check out Performance Network's one-night-only concert reading of The Turn of the Screw. The play, written by Jeffrey Hatcher, is based on the classic tale of evil and suspense by Henry James. A preview of Sunday's reading is here.

Family Cultural Celebration of Poland

Join us for the Family Cultural Celebration of Poland on November 7 at 2:00 pm at the Downtown Library for dancing with the Syrena Dance Ensemble, a sweet taste of makowiec, and a Smok, the Cracow Dragon craft. Guitarist Piotr Dworak will round out this fun event with more music and dancing!

Halloween in Ann Arbor, 1957

halloween parade, 1957

Here are a few photographs from the Ann Arbor News archive to give you a taste of what Halloween was like in Ann Arbor 50 years ago. The first photo, below, is of a girl trying on a mask in a Main Street dime store. The second photograph is of a boy looking at candy. Both were taken on October 21, 1957. Does anyone recognize the store? Could it have been Kline's? Or maybe Kresge's?

The two photographs at the bottom are from the Burns Park School Halloween Parade in 1957: children marching in the parade ; and, my favorite, the Burns Park band playing in costume.

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