Purple Rose Theatre: All new, all Michigan line-up

This week there’s an awesome chance for a sneak preview of the fall season of Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea. On Tuesday Aug. 31 from 6-9 p.m. at the Downtown Library, the company will present a concert reading of ‘Best of Friends‘ -- a new world-premiere comedy by Jeff Daniels. Come watch cast members and director Guy Sanville. If you can’t make it, plan to attend 'Best of Friends' at PRT Oct. 14 - Dec. 18. And when you get a minute, check out the All New, All Michigan line-up, including three additional world premiere plays by Michigan playwrights to celebrate the 20th anniversary season of Purple Rose.

The Art Book Today

Anyone with interest in books and art should consider going to the upcoming History of Art 2010 Fall Symposium The Art Book Today: Print Projects in the Digital Age. This fascinating sounding event is coming up Sept. 11 from 1-5 p.m. at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. Knowledgeable panelists will talk about designing, publishing, and distributing art books and books on art when the publishing industry seems to be changing daily. Ways to move forward in this exciting field also will be on the table.

German Park is This Saturday, July 31st!

If you want some real German food traditional German music and dancing and to relax with friends or family outside, then German Park is the place for you! I attended my second German Park last month and had a lot of fun. There is plenty of space with picnic tables and shade. The food is deliscious from the Spätzle to the German potato salad, sauerkraut to the sausages.

If you can't get enough German food, here are a few cookbooks here at the library to get you started. Culinaria Germany , The German Cookbook; A Complete Guide To Mastering Authentic German Cooking, Recipes Of The Old German Restaurant : And Other Traditional German Recipes.

Do you want more German folk music? The library has that too! Here are Songs for Oktober Fest and Folksongs from Bavaria to get you started.

German park is the last Saturday of June, July and August. The remaining dates for 2010 are Saturday July 31st and Saturday August 28th. For hours, directions and prices please see the The German Park Website.

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The Blank Generation – The Birth of Punk

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In 1970s New York City, Patti Smith Group guitarist Ivan Kral was making home movies of his friends and fellow musicians, never knowing that they would all one day be famous. Bands such as Blondie, The Ramones, and the Talking Heads were all playing sets at the legendary CBGBs while being filmed on black and white 16mm. The Blank Generation was about to be born. When Kral started getting together with filmmaker Amos Poe, they created a special film that's now like a time capsule back to NYC's early punk rock and glam scene. With silent video footage, Kral and Poe added the audio from demos and live recordings separately. Amazingly, the rare video of the bands in the film is often the earliest available footage in existence.

The Blank Generation will be shown at the Michigan Theater this Thursday, July 29 at 7:00 PM, and Ivan Kral himself will be making a special appearance. You can't get this on DVD. This is not one to be missed!

Paws in the Park

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Attention dog owners and dog lovers: one fun weekend in August (8/28 and 8/29), from 10am to 5pm at Heritage Park in Canton, you can bring your pup to Paws in the Park, a second year event featuring the Pawsitive Vybe Disc Dogs, Rock n' Roll K9's, Ultimate Air Dogs, and much more. This dog owner is especially excited to have his Australian Shepherd try out the 1,000 square foot Agility Course and the Chase It Lure Course. The family friendly event will also have pets in need of a loving home, up for adoption from The Humane Society of Huron Valley.

Can't make it to the event? Check out the books Agility Training and Enjoying Dog Agility for the active breeds, or other dog training books from the AADL for more information on raising the perfect pup.

Spring Awakening Project opens Friday

The New Theatre Project will stage The Spring Awakening Project -- inspired by Frank Wedekind's 1891 play Spring's Awakening -- July 16 through Aug. 2. Wedekind, a German playwright who lived from 1864 to 1918, has been called "the prophet of sexuality in modern drama." The local production is intended for people age 17 and up. Read more here.

Purple Rose Theatrer: Famous French Farce

Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea is staging a French farce this summer that sounds like a lot of fun. "Boeing-Boeing" by Marc Camoletti, adapted by Beverley Cross, stars a Parisian guy named Bernard who for some reason tries to juggle three fiancees, all flight attendants. His love life unravels (haha Bernard!) in one crazy night. In 1991, this play apparently was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the most performed French play throughout the world.

Huron River Day

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The 30th Annual Huron River Day is this Sunday, July 11 at Gallup Park from 12 to 4 pm. There will be lots of great activities for the whole family, including:

•$5 Canoeing & Kayaking
•Children's Activity Tent with National Wildlife Federation
•Storytelling 12:30 and 3:00 p.m. by Tricia Travis
•Butterfly House with LIVE butterflies!
•Fun River Exhibits
•Music & Drumming by Laz of Gemini and Lori of Drummunitiy
•Shakespeare Theater Performances
•Geochaching
•Classic Small Boat Show
Fly Fishing Demonstrations

Sounds like fun! See you on the river!

Performance Network: "It's gonna be one hell of a night"

If you like stories about the sea, Ireland, male friendship, or myth, here's a play you won't want to miss: The Seafarer by Conor McPherson. The chilling story opens on Christmas Eve when Sharky is back in Dublin. Two old drinking buddies want to play cards, and Sharky's soul may be in grave danger. Performance Network is staging the play through July 25.

Ann Arbor Summer Festival goes MST3K

That’s right, as part of Ann Arbor’s Summer Festival, the creators of one of TV’s funniest shows ever, Mystery Science Theater 3000, will be live at the Michigan Theater riffing on the best of the worst movies ever made.

There are two consecutive performances, dubbed Cinematic Titanic, at 7:30pm and 10pm, on Friday July 2. The first film is East Meets Watts, and the second film showing is The Oozing Skull. For each film, Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, Joel Hodgson, Mary Jo Pehl, and J. Elvis Weinstein will be riffing live on stage during the film, in typical MST3K fashion. Crow and Tom Servo at the Michigan Theater?! YES. Hooray Summer Festival! See there for ticket info.

And be sure to check out the FREE panel discussion with the MST3K cast the night before, also at the Michigan Theater!

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