Ages 18+.

Set in New Orleans

Just one week after the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina, questions abound as to how New Orleans, one of our country's most distinctive cities, will recover from the unexpected blow it has endured. Will it become a ghost town largely given over to tourism? Will its people, especially the poor who make up the Big Easy's essential fabric, be able to return? And if so, what of the city's unique flavor and singular joie de vivre will return with them? New Orleans' evocative atmosphere is the setting of many books and films, most notably Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire and Suddenly, Last Summer. A couple other titles that come to mind are Interview with the Vampire and Jitterbug Perfume. Can you think of others?

Früheads Unite!

"Take a dash of Ogden Nash. Add a smear of Edward Lear. Toss in a Beatles news conference circa 1964, a sprinkle of Elvis Costello, four media-saturated childhoods and a splash of Monty Python. Garnish with a deep sense of concern about the world. Cultivate in Canada. Mix well" -Ted Anthony, AP National Writer

"{Moxy Fruvous} sound like the Roches meet XTC at a party thrown by Camper Van Beethoven for Robyn Hitchcock's marriage to Cole Porter with They Might Be Giants as wedding band and Tom Lehrer acting as minister, but just as everyone starts singing old Queen songs, the party is crashed by the entire cast of The Muppet Show. Moxy Fruvous is that good." -Dave Anderson writer for 'The Octopus', Champaign, Illinois

Velvet Underground

Based on the novel of the same title by Sarah Waters, the three-part BBC production of Tipping the Velvet brings the lesbian underground of Victorian England to vivid and moving life. Eighteen-year-old Nancy Astley is an oyster girl in search of herself and and the deeper truths of love. We follow Nan's adventures through the 1880's London Music Hall scene, decadent sapphist lairs of the lesbian elite, bitter back alleys, and the warm homelife of early labour movement organizers. With a screenplay by Andrew Davies (of Bridget Jones's Diary fame), viewers are swept away into a world of lush life, harsh realities and passionate tenderness.

Motivate, Communicate, Lead!

Ann Arbor communications consultant, John Baldoni, is the author of several books on leadership including his most recent, Great Motivation Secret of Great Leaders. Using a variety of historical and contemporary individuals as examples to illustrate key aspects of motivation, Baldoni examines how leaders energize, encourage and exhort individuals and teams to achieve success. Baldoni spoke last year at one of the Library’s ‘Sunday Edition’ lecture programs on his previous book Great Communication Secrets of Great Leaders. A video of that program will be broadcast on Ann Arbor’s Community Access Channel 17 on September 13 (3:30 pm), September 15(1:30 pm), September 16 (5:00 pm) and September 17 (1:30 pm). A videotape of his presentation is also available from the library.

A Few Words From Ensemble Cast

As you might glean from the title, Eulogy is a comedy of the darkest sort. A feuding family returns home and and attempts to reconnect after the death of the patriarch. Long-forgotten family secrets and quarrels are rehashed, but don't prepare the family for the shocking truth they are about to encounter. Fans of filmmaker Wes Anderson will love this spastically funny, low-budget comedy. The ensemble cast includes Hank Azaria, Zooey Deschanel, Famke Janssen, Kelly Preston, Ray Romano and Debra Winger.

UM website on Supreme Court nominee John Roberts selected for Library of Congress archive

The United States Library of Congress has selected The University of Michigan Law Library website on Supreme Court nominee John Glover Roberts, Jr for inclusion in their historic collection of Internet materials related to the Supreme Court. This site provides comprehensive information about and writings by John Glover Roberts, Jr., including Department of Justice and White House records, Majority Opinions (D.C. Circuit), Oral Arguments before the Supreme Court, Party Briefs, articles about Roberts from the New York Times, and articles by Roberts from various journals.

August Wilson

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson has been diagnosed with liver cancer and told a newspaper in his native Pittsburgh that he is dying.

Wilson has recently been completing his 10-play cycle chronicling the black experience in 20th-century America. Two of the plays in this cycle – “Fences” and “The Piano Lesson” earned Pulitzer Prizes. The 10th and final play, “Radio Golf,” is now running at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.

Wilson was diagnosed with the ailment in June. He is 60 years old and lives in Seattle.

The Play Ground

No new play or dance events on the horizon for The Play Ground to report on so, while the nice weather is still here, we will continue to cover outdoor events. Dawn Farm, a facility that assists addicts and alcoholics in achieving long term recovery, is hosting a Dawn Farm Jamboree on September 11 at their farm in Ypsilanti. It is a family event with activities for all ages.
If you wish to brush up on the topic before you go, here is a book you may be interested in: The Wellness-Recovery Connection: Charting Your Pathway To Optimal Health While Recovering From Alcoholism And Drug Addiction by John Newport.

Spoon - Gimme Fiction

Spoon has thrown down a helping of unbelievably good music in their latest offering, Gimme Fiction. While listening to this album, you know you are listening to something special. Even better, you're not going to hear this album looping all over the airwaves, so it's almost like you've found your own private beach in the tropics with a tiki bar serving ice-cold Coronas for a quarter.

The game's still afoot!

Sherlock Holmes--what other literary character has appeared in so many stories not written by his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle? Four notable additions to this Conan Doyle sub-genre have appeared in the past year:

In Mitch Cullin's A Slight Trick of the Mind, Holmes is 93, no longer sure of his memory or of his interpretation of events. His post-atom bomb visit to Hiroshima with a Japanese correspondent is haunting.

Michael Chabon's The Final Solution: A Story of Detection, also taking place after WWII, introduces a mute young refugee from the Third Reich. Caleb Carr's The Italian Secretary takes Holmes and Watson to Edinburgh, where murderous scoundrels are profiting from historic events at Holyrood Castle.

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