The Princess Curse: Author will discuss fairy tale/myth


A debut tween novel, The Princess Curse will be discussed by the author Oct. 4 from 4-5:30pm in the Gallery of U-M Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library. The author is the library's own Merrie Haskell Fuller. In her fairy tale/myth, twelve princesses suffer from a curse -- and whoever breaks it will win a reward. Reveka sees the money could bring her a master herbalist position, so she goes for it. On her quest she meets a shadowy stranger, finds a blighted land in need of healing, and must decide whether to break the curse at the peril of her soul. On Oct. 4, the author will discuss the book and the process of getting published.

Milosz Made in America

On Thursday, September 22, 2011 the University of Michigan will be hosting a tribute to Czeslaw Milosz (1911-2004), award winning author, poet, and Nobel Prize Recipient. The Nobel laureate had very close ties with the University of Michigan and his first major collection of poetry to appear in North America was published by Michigan Slavic Publications in 1976.

This event will consist of a film showing, entitled, "The Magic Mountain: An American Portrait of Czeslaw Milosz," which is a documentary directed by Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz in English and Polish. The film is approximately 60 minutes long. Immediately following the film showing, there will be a public reception beginning at 6:00pm and then a symposium at 7:00pm.

This event is part of the Annual Copernicus Lecture in the Zell Visiting Writers Series and it will take place on Thursday, September 22, 2011 in the Rackham Auditorium, which is located at 915 E. Washington St.

There will be conversation with Robert Hass, poet and Distinguished Chair of Poetry and Poetics from the University of California, Berkeley as well as with Robert Pinsky, writer, poetry editor, Slate, and professor of creative writing from Boston University among others!

9/11 10th Anniversary Memorial Service by City's First Responders

The City of Ann Arbor Fire and Police Service Personnel will hold a Memorial Service on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 on Sunday, September 11, 2011 from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. on Fifth Ave. in front of Fire Station One and the Justice Center building.

Fire Chief Chuck Hubbard, Police Chief Barnett Jones and Mayor John Hieftje will speak at the service as Ann Arbor pauses to remember and honor those whose lives were lost on 9/11. During the service, Fifth Ave. between Ann St. and Huron St. will be closed to traffic.

Post Art Fair Music at the Kerrytown Concert House

Another year of Art Fair has come and gone, and the streets of Ann Arbor are strangely empty after four days of a whirlwind of activity. What could possibly be a cure for post Art Fair blues? The Kerrytown Concert House has provided the antidote, with a healthy serving of two concerts during the week following Art Fair at the aptly named "Week After Art Fair Song Fest."

Jane Schoonmaker Rodgers and Kevin Bylsma, musicians and co-founders of the event, will be joined by a plethora of well-known and up-and-coming local musicians for two evenings of music. On Thursday, July 28th, go to the concert house for and evening of classical music entitled "Eine Kleiner Liederabend." Some of the featured composers will be Schubert, Hugo Wolf and Gustav Mahler. The Friday night concert on July 29th is entitled "Singing Our Brains Out" and will be an evening of cabaret that will showcase many different genres of music. Both concerts begin at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets for Thursday's show run as follows:
$25 Assigned Rows 1-2
$15 Assigned Rows 3-5
$10 General Admission
$5 Student

Ticket's for Friday's show are as follows:
$10 General Admission
$5 Student

The Kerrytown Concert House is located at 415 North Fourth Avenue.
The phone number of the venue is 734-769-2999.

Nicola's Books Hosts Panel of Fantasy/Sci-Fi Authors

Are you a fan of fantasy or sci-fi? Maybe you're even a fan of both! If so, you will want to be at Nicola's Books on Tuesday, July 26th at 7:00 p.m., when the local book store will be hosting authors Jacqueline Carey, Jim Hines, and Sarah Zettel. Jacqueline Carey is the author of the national bestselling series, Kushiel's Legacy, while Jim Hines is the author of the Goblin Trilogy and Princess Series, in which classic fairy tale princesses are given a new twist. Sarah Zettel is the author of the fantasy series Isavalta, and has also written five sci-fi novels that have garnered wide critical acclaim. These three authors will be discussing current trends for books in the fantasy and sci-fi genres at this free event.

Nicola's Books is located at the Westgate Shopping Center:
2513 Jackson Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Copyright Camp is Back!

Don't miss Copyright Camp at the University of Michigan's Hatcher Library, from 1-5 p.m. on July 29th. Co-sponsored by the U-M Library's MPublishing office and the Open.Michigan Initiative, this unconference-style event will provide a forum to discuss copyright and how it affects you on a daily basis.

After the opening plenary there will be a large board with open time slots for any attendee to add any topic they want to facilitate, or you can submit your suggestions in advance on their website. There will also be an Antiques Roadshow style "Open Content Roadshow" where you can bring an "item" (like a presentation, publication, photo or other copyrightable material) for the panel of experts to review and make recommendations for making this item open and adaptable.

This event will take place on July 29th, 2011 from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Hatcher Graduate Library, Library Gallery (Room 100)

For more Info and to Register (no charge): http://copyrightcamp.org/

Children's Art Fair


Do you have creative children in your life? Or are you a creative youth in the community? Then the EWMA Children's Art Fair wants you!

This art fair will take place in the Eastern Washtenaw Multicultural Academy gymnasium on Saturday, July 23rd (the last day of the Ann Arbor Art Fair), from 12pm-4pm. There will be art workshops for children as young as 3 and as old as 8th grade. There will also be informational workshops for the entire family. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Artists aged 10-25 are invited to submit art to display and sell at the art fair. If you are interested in this opportunity, you may contact pyenor.ewma@gmail.com.

For more information, check out the EWMA's website. And if you want help starting on some summer art projects, we have a great selection of How to Draw books.

Learning About the Night Sky

Would you like to learn more about the nighttime sky? Does summer conjure up images of stargazing and picking out constellations? Then the University of Michigan Exhibit Museum of Natural History’s “The Sky Tonight: Star Talk” may be just what you're looking for! Venture into the planetarium for a live talk that will cover what is currently in the night sky, including stars, constellations, telescopic objects, and the planets. This program runs throughout July and August. Admission is $5 for seniors, adults, and children.
Exhibit Museum of Natural History web site

Monday-Friday: 11:30, 1:30
Saturdays: 11:30, 1:30, 3:30
Sundays: 1:30, 3:30

Monsters of Bluegrass; Steve Martin & Summer Fest

This weekend is the annual Ann Arbor Summer Festival, a festival of events ranging from music, dance, comedy, film and much more. One of the main acts at Summer Fest is comedian Steve Martin performing with the bluegrass band, The Steep Canyon Rangers, on Saturday evening at 8 PM. As you may know from from his auto-biography, "Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life", Steve Martin has been an accomplished banjo player for over 40 years and an acclaimed bluegrass performer.

Though considered a traditional form of American folk music, Bluegrass as a genre is becoming more popular in recent years thanks to popular movies like "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" and bluegrass events like the Los Angeles Bluegrass Situation put on by writer and comedian Ed Helms. Over the years various Bluegrass bands have mixed their sounds with Blues, Country, Honky Tonk and electronic instruments but performers like Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers play more contemporary Bluegrass music with traditional roots.

If you're interested in listening to some Bluegrass similar to Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers, check out:

Kids Read Comics!

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The Kids Read Comics Celebration kicks off this Friday, June 17, at 6pm at the Downtown AADL branch with a live comics reading by Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy, X-Men: Misfits) and Raina Telgemeier (SMILE, Baby-Sitters Club). Then at 8pm, Kevin Coppa will join Dave for a live performance of Dave Roman Presents: Avatar: The Last Puppetbender live!

The fun doesn't stop there! Saturday and Sunday (June 18-19), Kids Read Comics will take over downtown Chelsea with free events for comics lovers of all ages! Festivities begin at the Chelsea District Library at 10am, the event will also expand down Main Street to the Clocktower Commons, where shops and restaurants throughout the downtown business district will host artists and special activities from 10am to 8pm Saturday and noon to 6pm Sunday.

Events include:
Artists’ alleys where you can meet comics and animation professionals
Hands-on comics workshops
Art demos and discussions
Portfolio reviews for youth and teen artists
Opening reception for the Comics Jam! art exhibition at the River Gallery (Saturday at 6pm)
For preschoolers through preteens:
Costume parade
Superhero crafts
For teens:
Giant drawing wall and interactive art events
Cosplay classes and marketplace, plus Saturday evening costume contest and masquerade party
For teachers and librarians:
Professional development workshops on Sunday

See a complete list of events on the Kids Read Comics Programming page!

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