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 February reading will take place at 826Michigan, and will feature readings from authors Blake Nelson (Author of teen titles, Girl, They Came From below, and Gender Blender, among others), Kevin Sampsell, and Chelsea Martin.

Check here to see which authors are up next in the series. So many authors are visiting! I hear January’s event had quite the turn-out.

The monthly event is geared towards adults, admission is FREE, and anyone is welcome. It's all happening Saturday, February 27, 7pm at 826michigan/ The Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair Shop at 115 East Liberty.

Public Hearing Notice: Tonight


The Ann Arbor City Council will devote some of their meeting time tonight soliciting non-profit providers and community participation for input on the 2010-11 Annual Action Plan for the General Fund budgets for Housing and Human Services. In other words: If you have an interest in hearing about Federal Funding for affordable housing in our community or have something to say, come early and sign up to share your comment tonight.

Film & Discussion: Of Civil Wrongs and Rights

of civil wrongs and rightsof civil wrongs and rights

This Emmy-winning documentary, Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story is the story of a forty-year legal fight to vindicate Fred Korematsu, a shipyard welder, who refused to obey an Executive Order sending thousands of Americans of Japanese ancestry into internment camps.
Discussion after the film will be led by May Watanabe, internee; David Yamamoto, internee; and Lori Saginaw, daughter of May Watanabe and third generation Japanese American. This event is for Grade 9-Adult, and is cosponsored by the UM Community Scholars Program.

Thursday, February 18 | 6:30-8:30 PM | Downtown Multi-Purpose Room | Grade9-Adult

Don't Believe a Word He Says!

The Smithsonian Center for Folk Life says “Bil Lepp is a side-splittingly funny man” and Michael Feldman from Whad’Ya Know says “He’s terrific…fantastic…he’s a good one!” You can learn how storyteller Bil Lepp “lies well” on Saturday, February 20th at 10:00 am at the Downtown Library. Then treat yourself to the Ark’s 23rd Annual Storytelling Festival that same evening. The library partnered with the Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild for this wild workshop.

Ignite Ann Arbor 3: Coming in March!

Global Ignite WeekGlobal Ignite Week

If you only had five minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds? Around the world geeks have been putting together Ignite nights to present their answers. We consider geekery to equal passion, so we're looking for food geeks, tech geeks, business geeks, music geeks, art geeks, history geeks, and others to come and share their stories.

Submit your application here by 11:59 pm, February 10th for Ignite Ann Arbor 3, coming March 4th at Blau Auditorium at the Ross School of Business on campus.

Ignite Ann Arbor 3, presented by the Entrepreneurship and Venture Club, is special because it's part of Global Ignite Week--a week with 60+ Ignites being held worldwide. In addition, your talk could get global attention through Ignite video portal! (Check out some talks from Ignite 1 and Ignite 2).

Finally, the best presenters of Ignite Ann Arbor 3 will also be invited to the Library over the next few months to give expanded versions of their talks. In fact, on Sunday, February 28, 1-2:30 p.m. at the Downtown Library, AADL will present Ignite Second Stage: The Silver Age of American Jewish Music is Happening Now! And You're Missing It!

Monthly Book Discussions at Crazy Wisdom

Looking to read a book and join a discussion on it? Check out Crazy Wisdom’s monthly book discussions, which take place at 7 p.m. at Crazy Wisdom Community Room. Titles to be discussed in the near future are:

February 12: Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears by Pema Chodron
March 12: How to Grow More Vegetables by John Jeavons
April 9: When Technology Fails by Matthew Stein

There is no registration, just show up! Check here for full details!Crazy WisdomCrazy Wisdom

Pioneer to stage "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"

Pioneer Theater Guild presents its mid-winter musical -- The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee -- Feb. 12-21 in The Little Theater. This is a one act musical comedy about a spelling bee at Putnam Valley Middle School, where six quirky adolescents compete in a bee organized by three odd adults. Sounds fun. The web page says the show "features spontaneous and hilarious audience participation!" Sounds like even more fun. Check out our CD of the original 2005 Broadway cast recording. The show also is being performed this month at Encore Theatre in Dexter.

Prevent Grandparents Scam

All grandparents should know about a recent telephone scam that tries to persuade them to send thousands of dollars to their distressed grandchildren. Michigan’s Attorney General Mike Cox provides information on how to avoid this deception. Everyone wants to help family in trouble, but it's important to know who you're sending money to. Sid Kirchheimer’s book and his AARP Bulletin column Scam Alert will inform you how to handle many rip-offs out there.

Valentines Day: Make a Date with Your Kids

To properly celebrate Valentines Day, a little planning is always good. Cards and candy are fun, but this year how about enjoying a craft or dance with your children? Consider a Daddy-Daughter Dance at the Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center on Friday Feb. 12 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Or plan to Create a Valentine at our AADL Mallets Creek branch Saturday Feb. 13 from 2-4 p.m. If staying home sounds like just the thing, why not make a paper craft to celebrate the holiday. Whatever you decide to do, have a wonderful celebration!

Vogel 50x50

Vogel 50x50Vogel 50x50

The exhibition An Economy of Means: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection opens at the University of Michigan Museum of Art on Saturday, January 30th.

In 2008 the University of Michigan Museum of Art was one of 50 museums selected to receive a gift of 50 works of art from Herb and Dorothy Vogel. A previous blog relates the extraordinary story of Herbert, a postal clerk, and Dorothy, a reference librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library, who managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history with very modest means.

The couple began collecting in the early 1960s. Their collection, notable both for the character and breadth of the objects, was guided by two rules: the piece had to be affordable, and it had to be small enough to fit in their one-bedroom Manhattan apartment. They were among the first collectors to buy work by artists who were virtually unknown at the time but went on to achieve considerable acclaim such as Robert Barry and Richard Tuttle.

A gallery talk is scheduled for 2 p.m. on opening day. Watch the Museum's program guide for upcoming events and docent-guided tours of the exhibition.

Learn more about the Vogels' 50 gifts for 50 states.

Lynda Benglis
American, born 1941
Tacpere Maptom, 1985
22 x 5 ½ (diam.) in. (Image shown)
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