Ages 18+.

The lure of Madame Satã

The directorial debut of Karim Ainouz’s, Madame Sata, is a pictorial marvel detailing the life of Joao Francisco dos Santos, a black Brazilian living in 1930’s racially and socially oppressive Lapa (northern Brazil). Joao (Lazaro Ramos), along with Laurita, (Marcelia Cartaxo) his best friend and Tabu, (Flavio Bauraqui) his pseudo household maid, construct a colorful yet restrained, irrational yet tender, spellbinding yet dark world through prostitution, drug usage and fantasy. Having the desire to rise above his meager lifestyle, Joao aspires to be a celebrated stage entertainer and loved by the public.

In the Realms of the Unreal

"The term 'outside artist' has never been so apropos, or so wistfully sad, as it is in the true case of Henry Darger, who spent his childhood in a home for 'feebleminded children' and his adulthood in near seclusion, working as a janitor and, in secret, on a 15,000-page epic novel with accompanying illustrations. Even those closest to him, relatively speaking--his landlady and a neighbor--did not know about his creative output until his death at the age of 81, after which his fantasy world came to light. Jessica Yu's In the Realms of the Unreal is an extraordinarily respectful documentary portrait of this strange, childlike man....highly recommended." (Video Librarian) Nominated for the 2004 Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Festival.

The Women Rise to the Top

All Jacked Up by Gretchen Wilson is this week's no. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart and it is also no. 1 on Billboard's Country Albums chart. All Jacked Up topped her first cd Here for the Party in number of cd units sold the first week of sales.

In the no. 2 spot on this week's Billboard 200 chart is Wildflower by Sheryl Crow. Her 2002 title C'Mon, C'Mon also opened at the number two spot on the Billboard 200 Chart at the time of its debut.

Squirrel Appreciation

From the MoAA postcard collection

Develop an appreciation for the tree rats in your yard by reading these lovely accounts. Such Agreeable Friends: Life with a Remarkable Group of Urban Squirrels by Grace Marmor Spruch records her observations of the squirrels in Washington Square Park and of the one climbing the rubber plant inside her Greenwich Village apartment. Eugene Kinkead's Squirrel Book has wonderful squirrel stories that may convert us all to squirrel fanciers.

Open to Art?

Even if you can't make the fifth annual Open to Art walk this weekend, there's plenty to ponder during a casual lunch-hour stroll downtown. Less than a block from the bus station on 4th Avenue, in "The God Show" at Gallery Project, you can catch a huge oil on canvas titled "American Fundamentalists (Christ's Entry into Washington in 2008)", artist Joel Pelletier's update of James Ensor's 1888 Christ's Entry into Brussels in 1889. Or, just across the street at the WSG Gallery on Liberty St., you can catch Death playing chess from Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal in Alvey Jones's "As Time Goes By: Scenes from Famous Motion Pictures".

Some things are lost, but then are 'found' ...

Ann Arbor’s own Davy Rothbart, writer and magazine publisher, can be seen on CTN Channel 17 this week, speaking on his collection Found:The Best Lost, Tossed, and Forgotten Items from Around the World. The program, part of the library’s 'Sunday Edition' series, was recorded in May. It can be viewed on October 4 at 3:30 p.m., October 6 at 1:30 p.m., October 7 at 5:00 p.m., and on October 8 at 1:30 p.m. Rothbart, a graduate of Community High and the University of Michigan, is the creator of Found magazine which publishes the text of the discarded bits of people’s lives: receipts, shopping lists, unsent letters, personal notes, etc. During the program he also reads one of the stories in his eagerly-awaited, just-released collection of stories The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas.

The Play Ground

blue leaves

The Play Ground is in the mood for a black comedy. Check out Redbud Productions new feature: HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES. It is playing at the Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti October 6-9 and 13-16. This award winning play is set in the mid 1960s and concerns a zoo keeper/songwriter, his star-struck girlfriend and other assorted characters who cross their paths during a few history making days in New York City.

An Apple a Day

Take your family to pick apples and I bet you'll find yourself looking for recipes. An Apple Pie Harvest will get you started. This fun book also inicudes background information on this ubiquitous fruit. If you don't quite remember what you picked, the color photographs toward the beginning may remind you. Don't fear, the recipes in the book go beyond pies and applesauce. However, do be warned a relatively high proportion of the recipes seem to involve meats like duck, veal, lamb and I even spied a rabbit recipe. Vegetarians beware!

August Wilson, playwright giant, 1945-2005

August Wilson, award winning playwright, died Sunday, October 2, 2005, of liver cancer.

Mr. Wilson, a high school dropout who then devoted himself to education by inhaling knowledge at his local Pittsburgh public library, originally intended on being a poet. But his drive to celebrate the African American experience exploded onto paper in the form of a cycle of ten plays that forever shaped how this country sees the real Black America. The first entry in his cycle, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, was produced on Broadway in 1984. Fences, another in the cycle, won a Pulitzer in 1987, as did The Piano Lesson, in 1990. The last play in this historic body of work, Radio Golf, opened at the Yale Repertory Theater in the spring of 2005, and is the only one in the cycle that has not yet appeared on Broadway.

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