Bleach the Movie: Memories of Nobody

Fans of the manga and anime series Bleach will not want to miss the US premiere of Bleach the Movie: Memories of Nobody. The film will be shown just two evenings, Wednesday, June 11th and Thursday, June 12th, at 7:30. Showcase and Quality 16 are among those screening it and will show behind the scenes extras! Tickets are available through fathomevents.com.

Even if you aren't familiar with the series, who isn't intrigued by the tagline: "Can Ichigo and his fellow Soul Reapers save the two worlds from annihilation?"

The Play Ground

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It's been 25 years since Mr. B, Steve Nardella, and George Bedard played together as members of the Steve Nardella Band. Since then, each has gone on to make his own mark. They get back together Saturday night for a show that no fan of American jazz should miss. The past six annual concerts have been standing room only so get there early. 8 p.m., Firefly Club, 207 S. Ashley. Saturday, May 31, 2008, Tickets $20 at the door only. 665-9090.

Grillin with Food Gatherers

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Do you enjoy being a volunteer? Here’s a great opportunity! Food Gatherers needs volunteers for Grillin’ 2008, their annual fundraising picnic held at the Washtenaw County Fair Grounds on June 8th. Food Gatherers rescues and distributes more than 3.6 million pounds of food to 150 non-profits in our county each year. Help fight hunger by giving your time.

NZ Block Party!

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3-9 PM | Saturday, May 31 | Washington St. in front of NZ

The Neutral Zone, Ann Arbor’s Teen Center, is 10 years old! There will be live performances from My Dear Disco, followed by 3 on 3 basketball, a DJ challenge, art and music sales, games, food and more live music featuring Charlie Slick. At 7 p.m. outstanding teen accomplishments will be highlighted.

Don’t miss the fun!

The Chenille Sisters visit The Ark

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The lovely Chenille Sisters bring their musical act back to The Ark in Ann Arbor on Saturday, May 31 at 8pm. This local trio keeps audiences toe tapping with contemporary folk and jazz sets featuring their lush and ever-popular vocal harmonies. The AADL has several of their CD releases in our local artists collection. They will be joined by The Royal Garden Trio.

Check out The Chenille Sisters’ website for more info on the ladies and visit The Ark’s website for ticket information.

Come out to the Book Festival's Street Fair this weekend

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Ann Arbor's annual Book Festival culminates this weekend with Saturday's day-long Street Fair. AADL is proud to host Friday night's opening reception at 6:00 p.m. in the Downtown Multi-Purpose Room, where you'll have the chance to meet many distinguished authors. Also tonight, the Michigan Theater will be showing "The Life Before her Eyes" based on the book by local author Laura Kasischke. On Saturday, at 2:00 p.m. Deb Caletti, author of Fortunes of Indigo Skye, will be at the State Street Association Stage on Ingalls Mall to announce winners of AADL's annual "It's All Write!" teen short story writing contest. Check out the complete schedule for all the many fun-filled festival events this weekend.

Sancho's Scene: Community Events that Wander off the Path

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I must confess to cheating a bit in my blog this week—one of these events is not in our community, not even close! But it’s in somebody’s community, and it’s so cool that I wanted to share it with you all.

At the prestigious Brooklyn Museum in NY, the curators are hanging up their hats in favor of an innovative and unusual approach: they’re foisting their curatorial responsibilities on you, the public at large. Their exhibit, Click, has been designed as an experiment exploring the “wisdom of crowds,” columnist James Surowiecki’s notion that a large group of people will make a better decision than a trained expert. Click the link and give it a try!

Closer to home, this Sunday marks the 4th annual Circle of Art Auction at the Saline Picture Frame Company. A benefit for Food Gatherers, Circle of Art features hundreds of small works of art up for auction. The bidding begins online and continues at the event, which runs from 12-5 on Sunday. It’s a fantastic event—a worthy cause, inclusive, anything but elitist—all art is welcome and the bidding starts at $10. Check it out!

Know Your Rights

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Having trouble with a landlord or a former spouse and don’t know what to do next? Perhaps you want to start your own business and have a legal question that is holding you back. The Women’s Center of Southeastern Michigan holds free legal clinics once a month during which you can talk to an experienced lawyer about business or family law. Sessions are twenty minutes in length and advanced registration is required. This month’s clinic is on Monday, May 30th from 11am to 1pm. To register, call 734-973-6779 on Mondays between 3pm and 6pm.

Are you a Jandek fan?

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Probably not. "The Representative from Corwood Industries" has put out 53 albums in the last 30 years, none of which you can find in stores or libraries (except ours, now, see Jody's post below), and he is rarely played on the radio. Jandek performs live in Ann Arbor at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theater on Saturday, May 17 at 7:30, and a lot of people there will have never heard a single Jandek song.

Jandek is more famous for his unusually secretive nature than his music: he has only granted 3 interviews in the last 30 years and only began playing live in 2004. In fact, his real identity was not even known until a few years ago, and it has yet to be officially confirmed by Jandek or Corwood Industries, the record label that puts out Jandek records exclusively and can be contacted only through a Houston P.O. box.

If you have heard Jandek's music, you probably didn't like it. It is often dark and depressing, lacking structure, melody and harmony, and is sung and played out of tune. But he has a tiny, devoted following. Intrigued? Come see this free performance sponsored by WCBN and UMMA to find out if this is all as weird as it seems.

Opportunity to have toys tested for lead

This Friday, May 9, 2008, the Washtenaw United Way will provide an opportunity for parents to have toys and other child related plastics tested for lead at the Whittaker Road Ypsilanti Library from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. The Ecology Center will have its XRF Lead Analyzer there and they will do on the spot tests to check for high lead levels. Other educational activities will be available from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at our Pittsfield branch. Read more about chemicals in toys from the Ecology Center and check out the top toys from HealthyToys.org.

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