AADL Productions Podcast: Donald Harrison on the 49th Ann Arbor Film Festival

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In this episode, Donald Harrison, executive director of the Ann Arbor Film Festival, talks about what we can look forward to in the upcoming 49th Festival, March 22-27, 2011. Donald highlights several of the programs this year, including some of the free public events, family events, special programs and opening night celebrations. He also talks a little about the jury process and what we have to look forward to when the AAFF celebrates its 50th anniversary next year.

The Library has set up a discount code for the AADL community to receive $2 off advance online tickets for the Safe As Milk (Ages 6+) program on Saturday, March 26 at 11:15am at the Michigan Theater. Order advance tickets and use the discount code AAFF49AADL.

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Two Pulitzer Prize winners expected at Storymakers Dinner May 12

This year's Storymakers Dinner is coming up May 12 at Zingerman's Roadhouse. Special guest will be acclaimed novelist Richard Ford, editor of "Blue Collar, White Collar, No Collar: Stories of Work," scheduled to come out in April. Ford's Independence Day was the first novel to win both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award. And heads up for another Pulitzer Prize winning author, Jeffrey Eugenides, who also is expected to be at the Storymakers Dinner. The event supports 826 Michigan, a non-profit that helps students improve their writing skills.

Nonprofits: NEW helping boards make a difference

Check out five (5!) workshops being offered this winter and spring by Nonprofit Enterprise at Work (NEW). On March 9, there is "Board Member Training: Serving on a Nonprofit Board," followed March 17 by "Your Board Members as Ambassadors and Fundraisers." Later in March will be "Nonprofit Training: Building Your Board" and "Spring Into Service: A Board Matching Event for Nonprofit Organizations." Finally in early April, a workshop is scheduled on "Starting Off Right: Board Member Orientation." Details are here. Don't forget AADL also has a collection of nonprofit resources on the second floor of the downtown library.

"Lastingness: The Art of Old Age"

Authors Nicholas Delbanco and Keith Taylor will discuss their book "Lastingness: The Art of Old Age" at the University of Michigan's Hatcher Graduate Library on March 9th, 5:00-7:00pm as part of the University's ongoing Author's Forum.

Library Journal's 2010 review of "Lastingness" describes the book as a "study of geniuses-as they aged-in the fields of literature, music, and the visual arts. Delbanco focuses on the fascinating question of why some people's creative talents flourish with age, while others' fade. He explores and explains our general societal conflict about our elders and the question of when to expect them to step aside. His profiles include Claude Monet, Giuseppe Verdi, W.B. Yeats, and Alice Neal, among others, all of whom lived until 70 or older and remained productive."

Nicholas Delbanco is a Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan. Keith Taylor is a writer and poet and coordinates the undergraduate creative writing program at U of M. The discussion is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a book sale and signing. The event will take place in the Gallery in Room 100 at the Hatcher Graduate Library.

BreakFEST benefit concert at The Ark

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The second annual BreakFEST, a benefit for the breakfast at St. Andrew’s program, is happening at The Ark on February 25 at 7pm. All proceeds will go towards running the all volunteer based breakfast program at St. Andrew’s church in Ann Arbor. They have been providing free daily breakfasts to those in need for more than 28 years.

The concert features music from Irish fiddler Kevin Burke, jazz pianist Stephen Rush from Ann Arbor, UK-based fingerstyle guitar master Duck Baker, and Louisiana dance music from Creole du Nord. All artists are donating their time and talent for this benefit show. See The Ark’s website for ticket info.

Dream Seeding for Changing Realities : All Ages Art Show

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The organizers of Dream Seeding are actively seeking submissions of art in ANY feasible medium from folks of any age or skill level for this year's Art Show.

The artist must feel that the work, in any conceivable way, "offers a vision of any aspect of a more peaceful, socially just, or ecologically healthy community or world, or offers some suggestion as to how we can move toward such a world." For more information on guidelines and submission, here is the contact.

Dream Seeding for Changing Realities All Ages Art Show will be open to the public at the Michigan Union Art Lounge (530 S. State St. on the University of Michigan Central Campus) from March 1st until March 31st.

Come join the Dream Seeding Reception on Saturday, March 19th, from 6 to 9 with music, dance, storytelling and food.

Huron Valley Ambulance Citizens Academy

Every day, Huron Valley Ambulance provides Emergency Medical Services for people in need in our community. If you are interested in learning about how this service works, then check out the HVA Citizens Academy, a free eight week program that meets on Wednesday evenings (6 - 9 p.m.) from Feb. 18th - Apr 6th. The program is filled on a first come, first served basis for residents of Washtenaw County who are 18 years of age or older. Registration is required, and forms can be found at www.hva.org, or you can contact their Community Relations coordinator by email or by phone.

This is an interactive learning program where you will explore HVA operations, view demonstrations of skills performed in the field, receive first aid and CPR certifications, and listen to guest speakers from fire departments, police departments, and special operations.

If you can't make this program, you might want to check out the AADL's CPR and first aid collection, including both books and videos, on your next trip to the library.

Trivia Night With UM's "Wikipedians"

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Lovers of trivia far and wide are invited to Trivia Night, February 10th from 7:00-9:00 PM in the gallery room of the University of Michigan's Hatcher Graduate Library. The event will be hosted by the Wikipedians, a UM student organization dedicated to raising awareness about the behind-the-scenes activity that makes Wikipedia work, and helping people learn how to contribute. The event is in celebration of the tenth anniversary of Wikipedia's creation.

Attendees will form five-person teams, with Amazon gift cards and other prizes being awarded to top teams. Light refreshments will be provided. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is requested but not required, and can be done via the UM Library's event notice. Check out the AADL's materials on Wikipedia and how it works in case you're quizzed on it!

Fela! at Michigan Theater

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If you’re a fan of Fela Kuti’s music, you may be interested in the filmed theatrical production of FELA! coming up at the Michigan Theater, thanks to a partnership between UMS and the theater. FELA! Is a hybrid of dance, theater, and music, and tells the story of afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, whose music is a blend of funk, jazz and African Rhythm. Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winning Bill Jones, the film is part of the National Theatre Live series, featuring high-definition screenings of live theater broadcasts by the National Theater, London. It takes place at the Michigan Theater on Sunday, January 30 at 2pm. See the theater's website for more details and ticket information.

Nellie McKay to play The Ark

Nellie McKay brings her incessant folk-pop rambling to The Ark on Sunday, January 23 at 7:30pm. It is hard to define McKay’s musical style. Her background has taken her all over the map genre-wise. In addition to making her own music, she has also done covers, acted in movies, done Broadway, and recorded an album that is a tribute to Doris Day.

McKay may be a jazz-influenced pop artist, but her songs wouldn’t necessarily be described as romantic, they’re more along the lines of edgy. Her songs are humorous, endearing, and spit-in-your-face all at the same time. Her critically acclaimed albums, Get Away From Me, Pretty Little Head, and Obligatory Villagers, are filled with sharp feminist vocals brimming with infusions of cabaret, pop, vocal jazz and rock. McKay’s new album, Home Sweet Mobile Home, brings her out on tour, and lucky for us there’s a stop in Ann Arbor.

Visit The Ark’s website for full details and ticket information regarding her upcoming live performance.

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